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Not a buyer's market at NFL's trade deadline, so Patriots stand pat

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- During Bill Belichick's Monday interview on sports radio WEEI, he made the point that it takes two sides to make a deal at the NFL's trade deadline.

As it turned out, deadline day was a one-sided story. There were no deals across the entire NFL, which reflects how this wasn't a buyer's market for teams like Belichick's New England Patriots.

Would the Patriots have liked Titans cornerback Jason McCourty? I don't think there's any question about that, but it was relayed to me through Tennessee connections that the Titans had no interest in trading him. So for there to even to be an extended discussion, they would have had to be wowed by a trade offer, and the Patriots aren't in the business of trading first-round draft picks.

Would the Patriots have liked Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper? I believe they would have, but when another team previously inquired, it was pointed out that Kansas City had cornerbacks Sean Smith and Jamell Fleming in the final year on contracts and thus weren't motivated sellers when it came to Cooper because he layered the cornerback depth chart with the future in mind.

Would the Patriots have liked Browns left tackle Joe Thomas? Of course. Who wouldn't? But they weren't about to part with first- and second-round picks, as the Broncos were reportedly willing to do in a deal that was close but never completed.

As it turned out, the sellers did most of their work in the weeks and, in the case of the 49ers with tight end Vernon Davis, the day before the deadline.

That was another point Belichick made on Monday, that acquiring linebacker Jon Bostic from Chicago on Sept. 29 and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks from New Orleans on Oct. 1 were essentially trade-deadline deals made a month in advance.

Those were good value- and depth-type deals for Belichick and the Patriots. Those types of deals were a lot harder to find at Tuesday's deadline, as sellers weren't as motivated across the NFL.