Reports: Eric Rowe Acquired By Patriots; Josh Kline, Draft Pick Traded To Eagles

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UPDATE (6:53 p.m. ET): Josh Kline won’t be dealt to the Philadelphia Eagles after all, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported, although the New England Patriots still will receive defensive back Eric Rowe in a trade.

What that means for Kline’s status on the Patriots’ roster wasn’t immediately known.

ORIGINAL STORY: The New England Patriots are wheeling and dealing once again.

The Patriots traded guard Josh Kline and a draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for defensive back Eric Rowe, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Mike Reiss first reported Tuesday, citing league sources. The Patriots are shipping a 2018 fourth-round pick that can become a third, a source told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Rowe played cornerback and safety for the Eagles, who selected him in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Utah. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound defensive back recorded 31 tackles, one interception and five pass breakups in 16 games and five starts last season.

Kline was projected to start at right guard for the Patriots in 2016. This move must mean Shaq Mason or Jonathan Cooper is expected to be healthy to start the season.

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