There are usually trades and always trade rumors around the roster cutdown deadline as teams maneuver to bring their roster to 53. According to Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback, New England, which is deep in its front seven, is hunting for trade partners:
“The Patriots have solicited interest in their defensive line depth, with Akeem Spence and Montravius Adams emerging as names that could be dealt.”
The Patriots already acquired cornerback Shaun Wade via trade. Rosters are due at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
MALCOLM BUTLER CONSIDERING RETIREMENT — According to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, former Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler is contemplating either retiring or stepping away from football to deal with “a personal situation.”
Currently with the Arizona Cardinals, Butler 31, has spent time away from the team during training camp after signing as a free agent during the offseason.
Butler’s Patriots career was covered in both glory and mystery. As a rookie, he secured the game-winning interception at the goal line against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, and earned another ring three years later against Atlanta in Super Bowl LI.
In the Patriots’ loss to Philadelphia in Super Bowl LII, Butler was famously benched, a punishment that has never been explained.
He spent the last three seasons with the Tennessee Titans before signing in Arizona.
MORE TESTING FOR VACCINATED — The NFL and the NFLPA have agreed on increased COVID-19 testing for players who have been vaccinated.
According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the required frequency has doubled. He tweeted:
“The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to regular-season COVID protocols, which include weekly testing for fully vaccinated players and staff — an increase from every two weeks — and a voluntary second weekly test, per source. Players with vulnerable cohabitants may elect to test daily.”
“Effective immediately, fully vaccinated club medical staff, strength and conditioning coaches and equipment staff will be required to wear masks when providing treatment, fitting equipment or directly interacting with players inside the club facility (not outdoors).”
Players who aren’t vaccinated are tested daily.
FOXBOROUGH FAMILY FEUD — While the Patriots were playing football Sunday, ABC was airing a previously recorded episode of “Celebrity Family Feud” that pitted the NFLPA All-Stars, which included New England newcomer Matt Judon, against the NFLPA Legends. That team was captained by Willie McGinest and featured Vince Wilfork.
If Judon plays football as well as he guessed the answers given by 100 surveyed people, Patriots fans should be excited. He was 4-for-5 in the showdown round and brought the ball over the goal line in Fast Money, completing the 200 points to secure $25,000 for the Fisher House, which is “a charity and foundation that builds comfort homes where military & veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital.”
Wilfork only answered once, but it was memorable:
Steve Harvey: “Name something of his mama’s, a man wears to feel closer to her.”
Wilfork: “Shoes.” And after Harvey laughed heartily, he added: “She’s a big lady, Steve.”
Several current and former Patriots have been on the show with NFL teams, while Rob Gronkowski and his brothers were also on as a family.