December 2, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga (90) celebrates after making a tackle against the St. Louis Rams during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated San Francisco 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Acquire DT Isaac Sopoaga from Philadelphia Eagles

The New England Patriots completed a trade before today’s deadline, but it was not for a receiver like many people speculated. The Patriots traded a 5th-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft in exchange for DT Isaac Sopoaga and a 6th-round pick. Fans know Bill Belichick loves his late-round picks, so the 6th-rounder from Philly sweetens this deal even more. Sopoaga’s presence will help compensate for the loss of Vince Wilfork for the season, although the rookie Chris Jones has already made an impact.

Sopoaga signed a 3-year, $11 million contract with the Eagles this year, so the Patriots will be on the hook for that now. This isn’t an incredible trade but one of necessity that came at a cost of basically nothing, very similar to the trade for CB Aqib Talib last year. Sopoaga, 32, is a 10 year veteran that spent most of his time with San Francisco, where he tallied 217 tackles and 7.5 sacks. While his stats aren’t breath-taking, they don’t have to be. He’s simply a big body that is needed to stop the run, something the Patriots had excelled at before injuries to Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, and Jerod Mayo took place. While we know Wilfork and Mayo are on IR and so are done for the season, there hasn’t been an update on the return of Tommy Kelly.

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