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Patriots Dig Heels in at Trade Deadline, Make No Trades

While some trade chatter did surround the team, the Patriots wound up making no acquisitions before the trade deadline.

In what ended up being an overall quiet day for the entire league, the New England Patriots did not make a trade for another player before the 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline on Tuesday. 

O.J. Howard, the 24-year-old tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who the Patriots were reportedly pursuing stayed put with the team that drafted him. As NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said an hour before the deadline, the Buccaneer's were asked if Howard was available for trade, and they said no. 

Another suggested acquisition for New England was Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams. He was another player that did not move before the deadline, which may have reportedly been because no team wanted to bail the Redskins out at the last minute after not taking offers for months. 

So, New England's team remains the same as it was to start the day, with the exception of a new kicker that is expected to be signed soon after the organization cut ties with Mike Nugent Tuesday afternoon

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One option in particular that the Patriots could pursue at the kicker position is Matt Bryant, who was released by the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday. Bryant has made 9-of-14 field goal attempts (64.3%) and has made 14-of-15 PATs this season.

Other available options are Kai Forbath, Nick Folk, Giorgio Tavecchio, Matt McCrane, Nick Rose, Blair Walsh, Elliott Fry, Austin MacGinnis, Greg Joseph, Josh Gable, and Austin Rehkow.