Josh Uche discussed being involved in trade rumors, possibility of a new contract with the Patriots

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Uche said there is “mutual” interest in working out a deal to remain in New England.

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Josh Uche during the Patriots’ loss to the Commanders. Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini

Josh Uche wants to stay with the Patriots: Patriots pass rusher Josh Uche is in the final year of his rookie contract. As he tries to see beyond the current difficult season New England is mired in, Uche doesn’t want to leave.

Speaking to MassLive’s Karen Guregian, he acknowledged that he wants to keep playing alongside fellow 2020 draft picks (he was selected by the Patriots in the second round that year).

“To finish out my career with the guys I started would be great,” he told Guregian. “I would like to see it through. I was in a similar situation at Michigan. Things were kind of difficult. In college, you can transfer and leave, but that’s not how I was raised.

“I want to finish something that I started,” he said. That’s just how I am.”

With the team struggling, the Patriots considered selling at the trade deadline (which passed on Oct. 31). Uche was one of several names mentioned in potential deals, but nothing materialized.

“The conversation I had was a mutual thing where the organization wanted me here, and of course, I wanted to finish my career where I started,” Uche explained. “But things like that are out of my control. There’s a situation where if a deal or something was enticing [to the team], I would have gotten moved.”

Having stayed put, Uche admitted that he could still end up departing in the offseason, even as he noted that the target of agreeing to a new deal with the Patriots was of “mutual” interest between team and player.

“The organization would love me to be here, and I would love to be here as well,” he said to Guregian. “There’s just some fine-tuning and some things and details that need to be worked out to make it a possibility. But right now, it’s hard to say [if a new contract will get done] and everything gets smoothed out.”

Trivia: Against what quarterback did Josh Uche record his first career NFL sack?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: This quarterback, a Heisman Trophy winner in college, was selected 32nd overall in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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