Patriots big free agent addition is gaining momentum on trade market

Could Ezekiel Elliott have a short stay with the New England Patriots?
Oct 22, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott (15)
Oct 22, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) / Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots signed free agent running back Ezekiel Elliott in the offseason to bolster their run game, but he might not last long with the Patriots. The trade deadline is at 4PM EST on Tuesday, so it's about three hours away as I type these words. The Patriots are 2-6 on the season and clearly not in a position to make a run at anything.

In fact, they need to be picking up the phones and trading some players. Players like Hunter Henry, Mike Gesicki, and Josh Uche, who are all free agents in 2024, should be traded. There's really no point to hold onto pending free agents if you're Bill Belichick. You are not turning this season around. Well, according to Jordan Schultz, who is well-connected, teams who are in need of a boost to their run game are apparently calling the Patriots about Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott, 28, has rushed for 260 yards on 67 carries this year. He's averaging under four yards per carry for the second-straight season. He's also caught 13 passes for 59 yards. To me, this was a puzzling move when it happened. I didn't really get why Belichick made this move, as I was really thinking that Rhamondre Stevenson deserved to get virtually all of the RB1 carries this year.

Anyway, Elliott is a free agent at the end of the season, and obviously isn't likely returning to the team, as the Pats surely are heading towards a rebuilding process. Well, if the price is right, why not make this move? I mean, Belichick isn't going to get anything more than a 5th or 6th-round pick back for Zeke, but that's certainly better than nothing.

Should this be something that the New England Patriots do in the coming hours? Would it make sense to trade Zeke after just half a season?