New England Patriots

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Marcus Cannon #61 of the New England Patriots looks on after the Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime of Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

After nine seasons and three Super Bowl championships with New England, Marcus Cannon is headed to Houston. The Texans acquired the veteran tackle from the Patriots on Sunday in a swap of late-round draft picks, a move that further clarified the outlook for the 2021 Patriots’ offensive line.

Following the trade, the Patriots are left with Trent Brown and Isaiah Wynn as their most likely starting tackles. On the interior, second-year pro Michael Onwenu looks like the logical candidate to move inside to guard after Joe Thuney’s expected departure via free agency.

The Cannon trade signifies a new era at the tackle position for the Patriots, who recently drafted tackle Justin Herron out of Wake Forest. Third-year pro Yodny Cajuste has yet to play in an NFL game. So assuming Cajuste never pans out, Herron is the top candidate in the organization to play tackle long-term. But that may not stop the Pats from investing another high draft pick in a tackle to shore up the group for the long run.

There’s a lot to glean from the Patriots’ decision to move on from Cannon. Here are six takeaways from the trade to consider, as it relates to the Patriots’ offensive line in 2021.

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