Raiders Trade Trent Brown: Offensive Tackle Trent Brown signed a massive deal in 2019 as a free agent. Brown joined the Raiders in 2019 after signing a four-year 66 million deal leaving Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. The Raiders made Brown the highest-paid tackle in the league giving him an average of $16.5 million per year.
Just two years later Brown found himself miserable and worked his way back to New England. A 2022 second-round pick and Brown, 6’8” 380 lbs head back to the Patriots in exchange for a 2022 fifth-round pick. Brown won a Super Bowl as a part of the Patriots in 2018.
Following the trade Brown and the Patriots restructured his contract leaving him with a one-year contract worth $11 million making him a free agent next offseason.
Brown Excited to Return to Patriots
Brown took to Twitter and Instagram to let it be known how excited he is to return to the Patriots and leave the Raiders organization. Brown left New England chasing a massive payday and following his trade back to the Patriots he tweeted out, “Money don’t mean sh*t if you ain’t happy I swear to GOD!!”
Brown started his career in San Francisco where he played three seasons before being traded to New England for a third-round pick. Brown’s return to New England is much different than his first season there as he won a Super Bowl and everything was good with quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady is no longer the team’s quarterback and the team has questions at many different positions. New England is coming off a 7-9 record their worst since 2000. Brown did not experience much winning with the Raiders either.
Filling Hole in New England
New England enters free agency in a very big bind as guard Joe Thuney is expected to leave for a lot of money. With the exit of Thuney, the Patriots were expected to have a massive hole a guard still needing to upgrade the quarterback position and fill their roster out.
With the addition of Trent Brown, a proven pro-bowl-worthy offensive tackle can fill in at tackle giving the Patriots the option to now bump first first-round pick Isaiah Wynn inside to replace Thuney.
In a perfect world, the Patriots would now keep Thuney and their offensive line heading into the 2021 season would be much better than last year. It appears that franchise tagging Thuney was the only way to keep him as once he hits the open market teams are going to throw boatloads of money his way as he is the top offensive lineman entering free agency.
Blind Side Upgrade
The addition of Trent Brown is a major upgrade to the Patriots offensive line as the coaches and players know what they are going to get. Brown is a massive specimen out on the field and a quarterback’s best friend.
New England’s Isaiah Wynn has struggled to stay on the field playing in just 18 games in two seasons. It appears that quarterback Cam Newton will not be returning in 2021 and since the departure of Tom Brady, New England has been unable to find consistency at quarterback. Newton was sacked 31 times last season.
What’s Next for New England
New England has now shored up one of the key positions on offense, but they cannot stop here. The Patriots need to draft a quarterback in the early rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft to give them a chance at returning to the playoffs. New England has gone with sort of a running back by committee that has done well, so focus on upgrading receiver after a quarterback is taken.