Make a trade
While it’s unlikely the Patriots would make a trade for a core player, they have been known to trade draft picks. However, with only five picks in this year’s draft, that appears unlikely. Instead, the Patriots can use talented backups like quarterback Ryan Mallett (right), running back Brandon Bolden, and defensive lineman Jermaine Cunningham as bait.
Replacing Mallett, who is a prized young quarterback, or Bolden and Cunningham, could come cheaply. But finding a trade partner who is willing to depart with a talented cornerback, much like Tampa Bay gave up Aqib Talib, is not nearly as likely. But never say never. Anything is possible.