The Patriots are always trying to add quality depth to their very deep roster, and they did just that yesterday by trading a conditional 4th Round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for 2015 2nd Round pick, cornerback Eric Rowe.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe tweeted this:
Originally the trade was OL Josh Kline and a conditional 4th Round pick for Rowe, but the Eagles, who had worked out a second trade to send Kline elsewhere, made the decision that because the other trade fell through, they would just take the pick. Kline was released this morning, so clearly this trade was about overabundance of depth for the Patriots at guard and the Eagles at corner.
Rowe, 23, is 6'1, 205 pounds, and he was selected with the 47th selection in the 2015 Draft. With Chip Kelly now in San Francisco, expect to see most of the players he brought to Philly jettisoned, and Rowe is one the Patriots had their eyes on going into last year's draft. Rowe started 45 of 47 games at Utah, playing his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons at safety, and then moving to cornerback his senior year. He finished his career with 261 tackles, three interceptions, and 1.5 sacks. His versatility is something the Patriots covet with all their players, and they clearly saw value if they gave up a 4th to acquire a player that might have been cut.
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