New England Patriots

  • After a few months of speculation about the Patriots trading an offensive tackle, they finally have. However, it’s not the one many expected.

    On Wednesday morning, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the Patriots are trading Justin Herron to the Las Vegas Raiders, with the teams then swapping picks in the 2024 NFL Draft. According to SI’s Albert Breer, the Patriots will get the Raiders’ sixth-round pick that year, and send a seventh back.

    News of the trade broke in the middle of Bill Belichick’s Wednesday press conference. Asked to confirm the report, Belichick replied “No but when we can, if we can, we will.”

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  • This move comes after reports over the summer indicating that the Patriots were having trade conversations involving starting right tackle Isaiah Wynn. Moving Herron now shows the team’s potentially renewed faith in Wynn, as well as starting left tackle Trent Brown, and fourth-year backup Yodny Cajuste, who is now the only other tackle on the roster. The team does have Marcus Cannon on the practice squad after signing him last week.

    By trading Herron, the Patriots open up a spot on their active roster. That will likely go to defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale, who is set to come off the reserve/suspended list this week.

    The Patriots drafted Herron in the sixth round, 195th overall, in the 2020 NFL Draft. He played 28 games in two-plus years for the Patriots, making 10 starts. He’s on his rookie contract through the end of the 2023 season.

    With this trade, Herron will move into a familiar system with former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels now the head coach in Las Vegas. The Raiders already have one other former Patriots tackle on the roster in Jermain Eluemunor, who is currently their starting right tackle.

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