New England Patriots are having a somewhat disappointing season so far. If you believe some reports, superstar quarterback Tom Brady is on the way out as he enters the twilight years of his career.
But unlike Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning - who is only a year older - Brady doesn't have any stud receivers that can help him take a real shot at the Super Bowl.
This is why New England Patriots have to act now and pick up a premier wideout before the trade passes on October 28th, and we've got two in mind that Pats coach Bill Belichick and co should have a really hard long think about.
Brady needs a Randy Moss type figure
It's no coincidence that when Brady had his best ever receiver in Randy Moss on board, he performed to his best and put up record setting numbers at the time. But now his best receiver is Julian Edelman, a player who would most likely go down as the fourth best wideout on the Broncos' depth chart to put things in perspective.
The Pats just don't simply have anyone in their wideout corp who is a go to guy in clutch moments. While Rob Gronkowski is arguably the best tight end in those moments and Brady's top target, he's not somebody who is going to stretch the field.
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Who should they make a play for?
The Patriots are lucky that the position they are in has a logical solution. They need a star wideout, and there are two that could easily be available given the right compensation.
Obviously bringing on such a player is easier said than done and accommodating such a contract might well be challenging for the Pats, but the benefits could mean a real shot at picking up the Lombardi Trophy this year.
Both Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals and Vincent Jackson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would be great pick ups in this situation, with both of them not enjoying life at their current teams.
Fitzgerald may be saying the lets go team mantra in the press, but secretly he would want more touches and frankly a better chance at success with the Pats.
While Jackson will be on the way out sooner rather than later and the Bucs would probably benefit from trading for him while he's still worth something.
Both of them have tremendous skills sets and big game experience. Yes, they come with a hefty price tag, but one that the Pats may need to pay if they want to ever get Brady and Belichick their fourth ring together.