All’s quiet so far with the Patriots today, but that was also the case this time last year, when the team acquired cornerback Aqib Talib with just a few minutes to spare before the 4 p.m. trading deadline.
Teams have until this afternoon to notify the league of any trade transaction. Bill Belichick, speaking to reporters on the weekly coaches’ conference call, said his focus has been elsewhere today.
“To be honest with you, I’ve been really at this point involved in game planning and trying to get things organized here on Pittsburgh and all that,” he said, “so at some point here I’ll catch up with the guys in our scouting department and see if there’s any movement.”
The NFL typically doesn’t see as much movement as the other team sports on trade deadline day, but as the Patriots showed last year, impact players can be brought in halfway through the season. Belichick wouldn’t say how often his phone has been ringing these last few days, or whether he expects the team to make any moves.
“That’s always hard to predict,” he said. “Last year, with the Talib situation, that was one of those transactions that probably got turned in at 3:59:45, so you just never know.
“Right now we’re just focused on Pittsburgh. If something happens, it happens, but if it doesn’t, we’ve got to get ready to play on Sunday.”