He's Back: New England Patriots to Trade for Raiders OT Trent Brown

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The New England Patriots have entered the chat.  On Tuesday morning, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Patriots were going to reacquire former left tackle Trent Brown from the Raiders.  It is unclear at this time what the Patriots are going to give up in return.

As part of the trade, Brown has agreed to rework his deal, he has agreed to a new one-year, $11 million contract.  This will allow the 27-year-old tackle to test free agency next season. 


Brown was expected to be a cap causality in Las Vegas and was expected to be cut if he wasn’t traded.  The deal allows him to bypass free agency this year in a market that doesn’t have many teams with money to spend. 


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In his only season in New England, Brown was dominate under coach Bill Belichick.  He was first acquired back in 2018 from the 49ers and a draft pick.  During his time in San Francisco, he was a right tackle, but 2017 was a down year due to injuries. 


The Patriots would go on to see Brown blossom into a top left tackle in the game.  He started all 16 games for the Patriots in 2018 and anchored an offensive line that went on to win the Super Bowl. 


Following the Super Bowl season, Brown left New England for the Raiders.  He went on to sign a four-year, $66 million contract to protect Derek Carr. 


During his short time with the Raiders, Brown saw highs and lows.  He was a Pro Bowler in 2019 as a right tackle.  In his first 11 games with the Raiders he only allowed one sack out of 326 pass-blocking attempts. 


The following season wasn’t as nice for Brown, who spent time on the reserve/COVID-19 list.  He also missed time and was hospitalized for a mishap involving a pre-game IV that caused air to enter his bloodstream. 


The 6-foot-8, 380 pound Brown only appeared in 16 games over two years with the Raiders.

Brown will now join a young Patriots offensive line that will see some wholesale changes this offseason.  Brown will be able to start at either left or right tackle for Belichick.  The Patriots could look to replace Marcus Cannon, who opted out last season.  If the Patriots cut Cannon, they will save $6.3 million on the cap. 


The former Patriots tackle adds depth to the line that already features left tackle Isaiah Wynn and free agent center David Andrews, who is expected to be back.  Rookie Michael Onwenu had a great season in 2020, and Shaq Mason will hold down either left or right guard. 


The trade ultimately closes the door on Joe Thuney returning next season.  He is a free agent this offseason and is expected to land a big payday.  The deal won’t be official until March 17, when the league year officially begins. 


This is the Belichick type moves Patriots fans have grown accustomed to seeing in the past.  Brown is a low risk with a huge upside and will anchor the line to protect the next Patriots quarterback. 



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