The Patriots are not done bolstering their offensive line depth.
In a week that’s already featured two trades for o-line help, picking up the Cardinals’ Korey Cunningham and Baltimore’s Jermaine Eluemunor on Wednesday, the Patriots swung a third trade for help in front of Tom Brady on Friday, acquiring veteran center Russell Bodine from the Bills in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick.
The Bills are trading OL Russell Bodine to the Patriots, per source. He is the second offensive lineman Buffalo has traded in as many days after the team sent Wyatt Teller to the Browns on Thursday https://t.co/cDNg3Rxoec— Marcel Louis-Jacques (@Marcel_LJ) August 30, 2019
A five-year veteran whose career has been split between Cincinnati and Buffalo, the 27-year-old Bodine has started all 74 of his 74 NFL appearances to date, having played in 10 games for the Bills last year. On the field for 588 offensive snaps last season, Bodine was flagged for three penalties, according to Pro Football Focus.
The acquisition of Bodine likely means that Patriots starting center David Andrews, who was hospitalized earlier this week due to a blood clot in his lung according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, will make his way to the injured reserve. That was always the most likely case for Andrews, as the medical treatment for a blood clot issue projected to leave the Patriots without Andrews for 12 weeks at the very least.
Bodine is set to make $2 million and is only under contract for the 2019 season.
This is the first time the Patriots and Bills have made a trade involving a player since the Patriots shipped Drew Bledsoe to the Bills for a 2003 first-round pick in Apr. 2002.