With Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork out for the season, the Patriots moved to fix their struggling run defense by acquiring defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and a 2014 sixth-round draft pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick, a Philadelphia source tells NFL Media's Albert Breer.
Sopoaga has played roughly 40 percent of the Eagles' defensive snaps this season as a situational run stopper. He's not going to replace Wilfork's presence and production on the interior, but Sopoaga's experience at nose tackle will allow the Patriots to continue to run the 3-4 scheme to compensate for the key injuries on defense.
Realizing they are fortunate to be 6-2 against a soft schedule, the Patriots are feverishly working to fix a defense that has surrendered 156.5 rushing yards per game since Wilfork landed on injured reserve.
Sopoaga isn't a cure-all, but his addition allows coach Bill Belichick to tinker with moving parts in search of a solution.