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From the Hart: Cornerback trade option?

Andy Hart outlines a possible trade that the Patriots could make.

The general consensus in New England has been that both Darius Butler and Jonathan Wilhite may have reached the make-or-break point in their Patriots careers.

With Devin McCourty and Leigh Bodden filling the team's starting roles, Kyle Arrington getting reps as the nickel guy/top backup and potential-filled second-round rookie Ras-I Dowling now back on the practice field, the former starters Butler and Wilhite may be battling as much for their roster lives as they are for rotational playing time.

Rather than cut one or both of the players, could a trade be an option as the Patriots look to recoup some of the late-round picks they've dealt away in other deals over the last few months? If so, the recent run of injuries at the cornerback spot for the New York Giants had me wondering if someone like Butler or Wilhite might interest Big Blue GM Jerry Reese.

Having lost first-round pick Prince Amukamara, backup Bruce Johnson and, now, top corner Terrell Thomas, the Giants are reportedly on the hunt for corner help. While there are free agents on the market, including former Patriot and Saint Randall Gay, maybe Reese would rather go the trade route to try to revitalize a career with someone like Butler or Wilhite.

Just thinking such a deal might make sense for both teams.

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