With the trade deadline in less than a week, it is time to see who the Patriots could go after before Tuesday, November 2nd.  At 3-4, the Pats are right in the middle of the wild card race in the AFC.  Adding the right pieces can propel this team into serious contenders.  So who would be those pieces? These are not ranked in any particular order.

WR Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans

Pats fans have heard this name before, and the well-traveled receiver could come back to New England with plenty left in the tank.  Cooks is only 28 years old and is quietly putting together a good season on a horrible Texans squad.  He has 45 receptions for 502 yards and one touchdown so far, and most of that has come with rookie Davis Mills under center.

This catch by Cooks is one of the more memorable ones from his time in New England.

New England originally spent a first-round pick to get Cooks from the New Orleans Saints in 2017, but is he worth that price now? Maybe not.  The Texans are hungry for draft capital as they need a full rebuild.  A second-round pick along with a late-round selection could be enough to send Cooks to New England.  It also may help that former Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio is the General Manager in Houston.

It is also notable that Cooks went to Twitter to show his anger with his team trading running back Mark Ingram to New Orleans. 

But will this make sense financially?  He will only be due $1.5 million for the rest of this season, so the Patriots will be able to get him in under the cap.

Possible package: Houston: WR Brandin Cooks, New England: 2022 2nd and 5th round pick

CB Kyle Fuller, Denver Broncos

With the Stephon Gilmore trade, the Patriots were left slightly thin at defensive back.  Now with the news that Jonathan Jones will be out for the season, the position is now very thin.  Kyle Fuller would bring much-needed experience to the secondary and the Broncos could be selling after losing four straight games.  Fuller did lead the league in interceptions with seven in 2018 with Chicago, but he has one in 20 games. 

Fuller is going to be a free agent in 2022, so the price will significantly decline because Denver will want some sort of compensation for him.  The 29-year old corner will most likely cost a mid-late round pick, something the Patriots should jump at.  Fuller and JC Jackson would be a great duo on the outside, and that would allow Jalen Mills to thrive in the slot corner position.  

Possible package: Denver: CB Kyle Fuller, New England: 2022 4th round pick

CB Greedy Williams, Cleveland Browns

The Browns roster is stacked with talent, and the third-year corner out of LSU has sort of fallen down the depth chart due to that.  The Browns have invested heavily in the cornerback position drafting Greedy Williams, Denzel Ward, and Greg Newsome early in the draft, all in the last four years. 

Is this one less likely? Probably, but if you watched Greedy play in college, you saw the talent he produced showed with the Tigers.  His size and length make him a disruptive corner and he has a chance to thrive in a new situation.  Ward is an elite corner and Newsome looks like he is on his way to being the same.

He struggled in his rookie year and missed all of 2020 with an injury, so a change of scenery could be just what he needs.

Possible Package: Cleveland: CB Greedy Williams, New England: 2022 3rd round pick

WR Andy Isabella, Arizona Cardinals

The speedy third-year wide receiver from UMass has fallen down the depth chart in Arizona.  Originally a second-round pick, Isabella was primed for a successful career with great speed and catching ability, but it has not really worked out.  Now with Deandre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, AJ Green, and Rondale Moore all ahead of him on the depth chart, it may be time for a move.  Only 24 years of age, Isabella can turn it all around with a move to the right place, and New England could be that. 

Isabella has only appeared in two games for Arizona this year, so time is pretty much up.  He probably won’t cost as much as Cooks and could fit right in the slot for New England.  New England could use an upgrade at receiver, and this is someone who could grow with Mac Jones over the next couple of seasons.

Possible Package: Arizona, WR Andy Isabella, New England: 2022 5th round pick

WR Allen Robinson II, Chicago Bears

Robinson seems to be rumored with a trade every year, and he has been a non-factor for a struggling Bears offense so far.  He only has 23 receptions so far this season for 250 yards and one touchdown.  This is extremely out of the ordinary for a receiver who is coming off back-to-back 1000-yard plus seasons.  It could be one of many things, but the bottom line is that he needs to get out of Chicago.  

Even with a bad year, Robinson could be expensive for New England, but packaging a receiver like N’Keal Harry could be enticing for Chicago.  After that one catch by Harry against the Jets, it would be interesting to give him one more chance, but maybe it is time for him to move on. 

Robinson is still 28 years old, so he has some good years left in him, and that is exactly what New England needs.  

Possible Package: Chicago: WR Allen Robinson, New England: WR N’Keal Harry and 2022 3rd round pick

WR Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns

Let’s get crazy.  It is unlikely, but if Beckham is available, it is time for him to come on over to New England.  He has been rumored to be traded here several times and it is the move that would be equally shocking and beneficial for both sides. 

With the receiver injuries in Cleveland it may not happen, but could it?  Possibly.  The Browns are very committed to running the ball, and Beckham wants targets.  Odell is also 28 years old, so he can be a valuable target for Mac Jones for the next few years.  

Beckham is a polarizing figure and brings a lot of attention wherever he goes, with good reason.  His talent is undeniable, remember that catch against the Cowboys?

Possible Package: Cleveland: WR Odell Beckham Jr., New England: WR N’Keal Harry, 2022 2nd round pick

DE Clelin Ferrell, Las Vegas Raiders

This is an interesting project, one Belichick would enjoy.  Ferrell was a top-5 pick in 2019 but has not really lived up to the hype in Vegas.  Ferrell has not registered a sack this season and has not played more than 30% of defensive snaps. 

A change of scenery could be good, and restoration projects have a good track record in New England.  The price will be low, as he is not a very valuable asset for the Raiders currently, and he could provide some help to a good defense.  

Possible Package: Las Vegas: DE Clelin Ferrell, New England: 2022 5th round pick

Now, none of these may happen, but these players all could make an impact on the Patriots now and in the future.  The Pats have a young core building up and could be primed for success over the next 3-5 years.