Some interesting news came through the wire on Tuesday night as it was reported that the New England Patriots will be hosting a visit on Wednesday for the one and only Johnny Manziel. Given Manziel’s hype, and the position in which the Patriots will be drafting, this just didn’t seem to add up.
Well, unless the Patriots have a trade plan in place, which Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio believes they may indeed have.
In the event Johnny Manziel slides through the first round, the Patriots may have an opportunity at No. 29 to trade down with a team hoping to vault back into round one to get Manziel. By fully and completely scouting Manziel, the Pats will have a better sense regarding the appropriate trade compensation for a crack at Manziel.
The Patriots organization and head coach Bill Belichick are no strangers to putting together these compensation packages during the draft to get something they want, but this would more than certainly be the most-publicized move they would ever make.
Again, as we say every year, Tom Brady isn’t getting any younger and no one believes that Ryan Mallett will be sticking around much longer, so it might be time to look to the future in New England.