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Did the Patriots want Mathews?

Posted by Albert Breer  April 23, 2010 02:45 PM

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Chargers GM A.J. Smith told me last week that, really, he felt like the only huge deficiency his team had was in the running game, and that the brass was happy with the roster otherwise.

So knowing that, it makes sense that they would package a handful of picks and move to get in front of a team like Seattle (picking 14th) to get their man. Remember, the major piece of currency it took to move up 16 spots was the 40th pick, which the Chargers got as a result of dealing off third-stringer Charlie Whitehurst and the 60th pick, while getting a 2011 third-rounder in return.

And with all that interesting maneuvering, Smith got his man, and quite possibly the Patriots' man, as well.
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