Oct 20, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick coaches against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won the game 30-27 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Trade Rumors: Bill Belichick says its hard to get someone ready in a short time


The New England Patriots are running thin at defensive tackle. Vince Wilfork is out for the season, Tommy Kelly is fighting an injury. The Patriots could be looking for a trade but he says it is unlikely. Patriots head coach Bill Belickick says it is hard to find available players because teams are dealing with depth issues.

“Usually when you have that kind of depth, you see more of those trades I think in September when, A – the value is higher and, B – teams have more depth at that position so it’s easier for them to move the player because they have other guys at that point but two months later, they have less depth at that position and they’re less likely to move them,” Belichick said, via Pro Football Talk. “That’s just one man’s opinion; it’s not a survey of the league or anything.”

The problem with trades, according to Belichick, is the lack of time to prepare a player to fit in with the new team.

“It’s hard to get a guy ready in a short amount of time. I don’t know much about baseball, but maybe a third baseman on this team, put him at third base on the other team and let him hit. How much is there involved? I’m sure there’s some but it’s not like playing left guard, having 20 different protections and two dozen running plays and a dozen different defenses you have to block every week. It’s a little more involved.”

It looks like the Patriots won’t be making a trade deadline deal.

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  • Willy W

    I think your jumping to conclusions… Also, when has Bill ever come right out & said “ya, Im gonna get…” ? Try Never. Its more a matter of whether player x becomes available & does said player match what you need & can the 2 teams agree on compensation. Thats why trades are so rare in the NFL, also its hard to place value on players.