The New England Patriots acquired offensive tackle Trent Brown and an early fifth round pick (143rd overall) from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a late third round pick (95th overall), according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Pro Football Talk had the initial report.
49ers are trading OT Trent Brown and pick number 143 overall to the New England Patriots in exchange for pick number 95 overall, per @FieldYates and me. The deal is pending a physical.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2018
The deal is done. Brown is in the building and passed his physical. https://t.co/kG6rmfqDfb— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 27, 2018
The 6’8, 360-pound Brown is one of the rising stars at right tackle and was a two-year starter for the 49ers, but is coming off a season-ending shoulder injury. He’s in the final year of his contract and reportedly came to 49ers training camp overweight and out of shape, leading the team to select Mike McGlinchey with the 9th overall pick.
If the Patriots are able to keep Brown in shape, then they will have one of the top tackles in the league on their depth chart, potentially backing up All Pro right tackle Marcus Cannon.
The move bolsters the team’s depth chart with Cannon, Brown, LaAdrian Waddle, 2017 third round pick Tony Garcia, and potential 2018 first round pick Isaiah Wynn.
Cannon and Waddle have a history on both sides of the line, while Brown is a right tackle and Garcia and Wynn are left tackles. The best combination will play, wherever that forces Cannon to line up on game day.
More analysis to follow.