Isaac Sopoaga The New England Patriots have acquired nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga (and a 2014 sixth-round draft pick) from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2014 fourth-round draft pick prior to Tuesday's trade deadline.

This deal is mutually beneficial, as Sopoaga was a poor fit in Philadelphia's defense, and will now help cushion the loss of Vince Wilfork to the middle of New England's defensive line; Wilfork of whom is regarded as the absolute best interior defensive lineman in the NFL.

He has never been nominated to the Pro Bowl since entering the NFL as a fourth-rounder in 2005, but did help lead the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl last season.

New England has been doing a good job of forcing turnovers as an aggressive unit, but ranked 31st in run defense -- which is why they brought in Sopoaga for help. The move will help the club stay on top of the standings of the AFC East, while currently leading with a 6-2 mark.

And the rumors that Sopoaga was on Philadelphia's trading block ultimately proved to be true. He was playing in the first year of a three-year pact worth $11M, and turned 32 in September.