December 02, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki (81) runs the ball as Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) attempts the defense in the second half of the game against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Could New England Patriots Trade For Kansas City Chiefs’ Tony Moeaki?


The New England Patriots need to address their tight end position following the release of Aaron Hernandez and the uncertainty with Rob Gronkowski’s recovery, so speculation has already begun about some potential targets for the team. A number of names have been thrown out there in the discussion, but some players seem much more likely than the other absurd rumors that have made the rounds.

For the Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki could be one of the very intriguing options.

From Bill Williamson of ESPN’s AFC West blog:

Denver and Kansas City should call the Patriots and see if they can take advantage of the team’s hole at the position. I think Denver could potentially dangle Joel Dreessen and Kansas City could potentially offer Tony Moeaki. Both players are better than any option the Patriots currently have.

I am a big believer in Moeaki, who has been hampered by injuries. I’m not sure the new Kansas City regime is courting on Moeaki. Anthony Fasano was signed in the offseason and Travis Kelce was drafted in third round. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Chiefs could get something in return for Moeaki and they’d feel comfortable rolling forward with Fasano and Kelce.

Of course, this is just speculation, but the idea is an interesting one.

New England went from having tight end being a strength to having it as one of their biggest question marks heading in to the season. The Patriots have never been shy about dealing draft picks in the past, so would it really be surprising to see them potentially target a player like Moeaki? No, it wouldn’t.  

As much as New England may say that they are comfortable with their current players at the position, you can never ignore an opportunity that would improve your roster. 

What do you think, Chiefs and Patriots fans? Would you like to see this deal go down? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    No, the Pats should not have to trade valuable picks for a TE. Dallas Clark and Thomas are FA’s and the Pats could sign either of them cheap and it would a temporary fix for this year. Clark would be my choice. He still has good receiving skills, maybe not like when Manning was targeting him on a regular basis with the Colts, but he would suffice with Brady throwing him passes.

    Pats still have Ballard, Fells, Hooman and the unknown UDFA Sudfeld who has impressed during OTAs and mini-camp. No time to panic and throw away draft picks…..it’s not like Gronk will not be playing at all this year.