Last week the New England Patriots acquired Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a 2020 second-round draft pick. While acquiring a player of Sanu's caliber may have seemed like the one and final move for the Patriots before the Oct. 29 NFL trade deadline, that reportedly doesn't seem to be the case.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, league sources have told him that New England is "continuing to efforts to try and bolster their offense" ahead of the trade deadline.
"It was a given that New England would trade for at least one receiver, parting with a second-round pick for Sanu," La Canfora wrote. "Injuries remain a big concern there, and the team lacks speed and mobility at tight end with Rob Gronkowski retired. Tyler Eifert (Bengals) and O.J. Howard (Bucs) are players that appeal to the Patriots, sources said, and with Belichick willing to trade a first-round pick plus another high pick for Antonio Brown last winter, other GMs believe he will take a run at A.J. Green before Tuesday's deadline as well (the thinking around the league (is) that the Bengals won't deal him)."
La Canfora also mentioned the possibility of the Patriots acquiring some offensive line talent, with a former Patriot potentially being an option.
"Washington's Trent Williams would solidify an offensive line that has been struck by injuries as well, and some general managers I spoke to believe that the Patriots could end up re-acquiring Giants tackle Nate Solder, who was formidable for the Patriots but has struggled in New York on a huge contract. Even adding a depth piece like Cordy Glenn, who has clashed with the Bengals over his concussions, could make sense with his ability to play either tackle spot. Also, if the Browns are able to pry Williams out of Washington, then benched left tackle Greg Robinson is even more likely to be moved ahead of the deadline."
Acquiring Trent Williams or Nate Solder doesn't seem like viable option for New England, as they bring along 2019 cap hits that may be too complicated for the Patriots to handle. Along with that, the anticipated return of Isaiah Wynn later this season would make things complicated if one player were to be benched for the other at left tackle. The same goes for Cordy Glenn of the Cincinnati Bengals, who is in the final year of a five-year, $60 million contract. Greg Robinson of the Cleveland Browns makes the most sense, as he would slide into a reserve role once Wynn returned from IR.
With how highly Cincinnati has spoken of A.J. Green, it's hard to imagine that A) they trade him away before the deadline, or B) they trade him away at a cheap price. The belief is that Green would merit a first round pick if the Bengals were to ship him elsewhere, which seems like a hefty price to pay for a 31 year old receiver in the final year of a four-year, $60 million contract.