Patriots, Eagles trade picks for an array of picks: NFL News

Patriots, Eagles trade picks for an array of picks: NFL News

NEW YORK — The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade their first-round picks and the fifth-round pick of their 2018 draft, the teams announced Wednesday.

The Patriots are giving up a sixth-round choice and the sixth-rounder of the 2018 draft to the Eagles, a source told ESPN.

The Eagles are getting a fifth-rounder in return.

The trade comes after two straight offseasons of disappointment for the two teams.

The Patriots are 5-13 this season and have missed the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

The Eagles, meanwhile, have missed their first postseason berth since 2010.

They are 6-10 this season, have lost seven straight and are on pace to be last in the NFC East.

They have lost eight of their past nine games.

The move is expected to help ease the pressure on New England’s new head coach, Bill Belichick, who is still dealing with the fallout of Tom Brady’s second suspension in three seasons.

The NFLPA released a statement on Wednesday morning saying the trade “puts the New England players first and the fans last.”

“It was a tough decision, but it was the right one,” the NFLPA said.

“We hope the new Patriots head coach can turn around a franchise that has been so close to winning for so long.”

The Patriots have not been able to close the gap between themselves and the Patriots, who are 8-2 and on pace for their first playoff berth since 2005.

They were eliminated in the AFC Championship Game in last season’s wild-card round.

The moves come on the heels of a trade that sent two picks in the 2018 and 2019 drafts to the Patriots for the fifth and sixth picks of their 2017 draft.

The picks were taken in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams, who had two first-rounder picks in 2017 and two in 2018.

The Rams had the fourth pick in the first round of the 2019 draft.

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