By now I'm sure that most of you have heard the great news about Tom Brady and his new contract extension, which includes a substantial pay cut that now leaves the Patriots with $15 million in cap space this season. So with this extra money, they may be able to address the major needs, i.e. secondary, and WR's through free agency. Rumors are now circling that negotiations with Wes Welker have kickstarted.
The Patriots now have a decision to make; should they trade their first round draft pick? They certainly aren't afraid to do so if another team has a solid offer. In both 2011 and 2009 the Pats traded down, so this is obviously very liable to happen again. This team has always been one to consider value the main factor when drafting players. Also, with money to spend this offseason they may not have to address all of their needs in the draft. Trading down for a couple second-round picks or maybe future picks would not be a bad idea, and is also very likely.
Although the Patriots are entering the draft with only 5 picks, they have a wide variety of options to consider. This should gear up to be another exciting draft day with Bill Belichick at the helm. Also a quick note, reports are coming out now that WR Tavon Austin's draft stock is on the rise due to his fantastic NFL combine results, so a fall to the Pats with the 29th pick is highly unlikely. Do not be surprised if the Patriots trade down.