Isaac Sopoaga Not Working Out For New England Patriots

By philipalexander
Isaac Sopoaga
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A lot of trades are unsuccessful, even for someone like Bill Belichick. A man who once stole Wes Welker and Randy Moss in the same offseason is capable of making bad trades. It looks the trade for Isaac Sopoaga can be filed under that category.

Belichick was desperate for a run-stuffing defensive tackle after Vince Wilfork went down for the season with a torn Achilles. There was no viable backup to Wilfork, and the run defense was horrid. So he thought that the veteran Sopoaga might help plug the hole.

The problem was that Sopoaga was already struggling for the Philadelphia Eagles. He had only played 50 percent of the snaps for the team and was beginning to see a decline in playing time. So you could tell that Sopoaga was not really wanted in Philadelphia.

That was how the trade came to pass. Belichick traded a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft for Sopoaga and a sixth-round pick in the same draft. It looked like a steal for Big Bill, though one had to wonder why Howie Roseman gave up Sopoaga so easily.

Now we know why. Sopoaga has basically become a bench warmer for the Patriots. He has been replaced by Sealver Siliga, who was signed in the middle of the season. As if that was not bad enough, Sopoaga has even fallen behind Joe Vellano on the depth chart.

There is no denying that this trade has been a bust with Sopoaga now being the fourth defensive tackle on the depth chart. He will not come close to seeing his non-guaranteed $3.75 million salary for next season. It looks like Sopoaga is done in New England and done being an effective player in this league.

Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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