Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson from Raiders

Report Patriots trading for former Raiders wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson

Report Patriots trading for former Raiders wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson

The New England Patriots added wide receiver-kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

The deal was confirmed by Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal and Vic Tafur of The Athletic San Francisco.

Cordarrelle Patterson was a very exciting signing by the Oakland Raiders past year, as he was expected to fill a special team role, as well as make an impact in the passing game. Patterson has one year left on his contract. The speedy swiss army knife was originally a first round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2013 and was an All-Rookie teamer with nine total touchdowns, two of which were kick returns. Patterson is a 2-time Pro Bowler and 3-time All-Pro.

Patterson is headed to New England in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. However, he is an outstanding returner, leading the National Football League in kickoff returns (28.3 yards per return) last season.

Oakland had six sixth round picks this offseason, four of which were compensatory draft picks.

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With Dion Lewis signing in Tennessee, the Patriots lost their kickoff returner.

In 2014, Belichick was asked about Patterson's ability in the return game. With this deal, the team landed one of the NFL's best. The Vikings in turn used that selection on Patterson.

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) runs with the ball after making a catch against the New York Giants in the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum.

"He's big, strong, aggressive, hard to tackle", Belichick said. He's got breakaway speed.

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