Patriots allegedly inquired about trading for Chase Young before trade to 49ers
Because the Patriots remained mum leading up to the trade deadline on Tuesday, some fans and members of the media were disappointed that no trades were made despite the team's current losing season.
Although there wasn't a lot Bill Belichick could do with their roster or the limited cap space available, most were hoping they would ship off all the most valuable players to acquire a lengthy list of draft picks for the 2024 draft.
Since that didn't happen, the narrative that New England just sat on their hands until the trade deadline came began to pick up steam online, with many voicing their frustrations about the seeming lack of activity in Foxboro beforehand.
But that can be put to rest now after seeing The Athletic's Jeff Howe's report claiming the Patriots had received calls about some players, like Ezekiel Elliott, and were also making calls inquiring about those that had been made available. One in particular was former Defensive Rookie of the Year Chase Young.
Clearly, whatever conversations were had between the Patriots and Commanders didn't amount to anything since Young was traded to the 49ers for a third-round pick. But the report at least proves some attempt made by Belichick and Co. before the deadline, shutting down the rumors that they were content with not making any calls before 4 pm on Tuesday.