The New England Patriots acquired wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with the Oakland Raiders, a source told NESN.com.
The trade was first reported by Barstool Sports podcast “Pardon My Take.” The Patriots sent a fifth-round draft pick to the Raiders for Patterson and a sixth-round pick, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported.
Patterson, 27, was selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Tennessee by the Minnesota Vikings. He spent 2017 in Oakland, where he caught 31 passes for 309 yards with 13 carries for 121 yards. He has 163 career receptions for 1,625 yards with seven touchdowns and 44 carries for 454 yards with six scores.
He’s a two-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro as a returner. He has 153 career kick returns for 4,613 yards with five touchdowns. He’s returned just one punt for 9 yards.
He has one year and $3.25 million left on his contract. The Patriots actually traded the 29th overall pick to the Vikings in 2013 which Minnesota used to take Patterson. The Patriots selected linebacker Jamie Collins, cornerback Logan Ryan, wide receiver Josh Boyce and traded for running back LeGarrette Blount with the four selections they received for the pick.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talked about Patterson before the Patriots played the Raiders during the 2017 season.
“Patterson — he plays in the backfield, he plays in the receiver positions,” Belichick said. “Call him whatever you want, he’s another explosive player.”
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