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Report: Patriots Are Exploring Pre-NFL Draft Trade

A closeup of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick during a game.

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots walks off of the field after defeating the Chicago Bears 38-31 at Soldier Field on October 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Patriots offense lacked play-makers throughout the 2019 season.

Tom Brady's typically had an arsenal of explosive weapons throughout New England's historic run. But the lack of play-makers was evident last year as the Patriots suffered a loss to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card Round Playoff game.

It's still unclear if Brady will return to New England to potentially finish out his career. But that isn't stopping Bill Belichick and the Patriots' front-office from exploring trade scenarios to add pieces to the offensive puzzle they're currently sorting out.

According to the latest report, New England is "exploring" a trade with Baltimore for tight end Hayden Hurst. The Jaguars are also in the mix. It looks like it'll come down to what assets the Patriots and Jaguars are willing to part with. Here's the latest:

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Hurst is exactly the type of tight end the Patriots have utilized throughout the years.

Belichick's NFL Draft strategy has always revolved around not over-valuing draft picks. Instead, the Patriots have bundled draft picks to score perfect trades for proven players capable of providing an instant-impact.

If New England can land Hurst, it not only takes a solid offensive piece away from another AFC contender - it adds a play-maker to an offense currently lacking them.