The Patriots aren’t going to trade away Rob Gronkowski, but they are going to keep pushing for a big trade, sources told Fox Sports on Tuesday.
The Patriots are expected to address their quarterback position this week with the release of veteran Matt Cassel, sources said.
If the team were to trade Cassel and move on to the second round, it’s likely that they would target a quarterback or wide receiver who would become a free agent, as well as another defensive lineman, sources added.
The team has made no official move on Gronkowski.
“The team has a lot of interest in Matt Cassell, who is under contract for three more years,” a source said.
“It’s hard to know what the future holds, but he’s certainly one of the top quarterbacks in the league.”
Another source said the Patriots “haven’t made any moves yet.”
The team also would have to consider a quarterback, with Tom Brady likely returning for his fourth season and New England likely to re-sign veteran Matt Moore, the team’s top-paid player.
Moore, who had eight touchdown passes last season, is under a $7 million cap hit, sources also told Fox.
Moore also would need to earn $5.25 million in base salary.
The Pats have been linked to a variety of quarterbacks, but none of them have received the franchise tag.
New England has struggled to find a franchise quarterback in the past few seasons, as the franchise has lost six of its past seven games.
It’s unclear whether the team will have a chance to make a move at the position.
Cassel is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
“Cassel is one of those quarterbacks that has a ton of value and is coming off of a year where he was the MVP of the AFC East,” a scout said.