One of the Patriots' offseason goals following the 2009 season was to overhaul the tight end position.
They were wildly successful in doing so, signing free-agent Alge Crumpler and then drafting Rob Gronkowski (second round) and Aaron Hernandez (fourth round).
Yet had the Patriots not landed the top prospect on their board in both categories of tight end, they reportedly had another possibility lined up. As reported by Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Patriots had been in talks with the Bears on a possible trade.
Writes Biggs, "The Bears thought they had a deal lined up with New England going into draft weekend, a trade that would have netted them a second-round draft pick in return [for Greg Olsen], but the Patriots drafted Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez and solved their need that way."