NFL spring meeting & Patriots

NFL owners are holding their spring meeting in Atlanta, and ESPN senior analyst Chris Mortensen tweeted the following today: "Expected to pass today at NFL meetings in ATL: Trade deadline from wk 6 to wk 8, plus one IR player may be activated post-week 8 #NFL32"

As for where the Patriots stand on the issues, owner Robert Kraft discussed the potential injured reserve wrinkle in March, and thought it was a good thing.

"It allows us to keep the game more exciting for those teams that are trying to play to make it to the playoffs," he said. "I think it's a very positive move."

Kraft cited Tom Brady's knee injury in 2008 as one example where the IR exception could have helped the Patriots. Would Brady have returned later that season? It might have been a longshot, but given his value to the Patriots, the club probably would have used its one IR exception on him that year.

As for the trade deadline potentially being moved back two weeks, one would think Bill Belichick likes that change.

Belichick is always looking for opportunities to wheel and deal and potentially improve the team, and one thought is that moving the trade deadline back could serve as a catalyst for more deals league-wide.