The Patriots have three second-round draft picks and need a tight end. The Bears have lots of tight ends and no second-round pick.
Sometimes, things are as simple as they seem, which is why the Bears may well have been one of the teams in Bill Belichick's ear of late.
"That isn't surprising to me,"the Patriots coach said at his pre-draft press conference, according to ESPNBoston.com. "I'm not saying that anything will or won't happen. I think that's pretty common at this point in the process, a week or so before the draft, where you start to talk to teams and try to get a feel for whether they would or wouldn't be interested in moving a particular pick. It expedites the process a little bit when you get to draft day."
Belichick told reporters there have been a "pretty decent number of inquiries" about those second-round picks.
"It's not so much a specific trade of 'I'll give you this, you give me that,'" he said. "It's more of 'Would you be interested in moving this pick, moving up, or moving down in the first round, or whatever it happens to be?' It's more in that nature."