Nick Caserio, aka “The New Scott Pioli”, told everyone at his recent draft recap press conference that the Patriots were open to exploring trades for a veteran linebacker. As needed with all things Bill Belichick, everyone downed that nugget with a heavy dose of salt and moved on. This time, however, the rumor has some legs.
John Clayton, aka “The Crypt Keeper”, is reporting that the Patriots and the Raiders have been talking about a trade for Derrick Burgess, who has played defensive end for the Patriots for the past four years. He totaled 38.5 sacks in his tenure with the silver and black, although 26 of those came in the first two years. Burgess has battled injuries the past two seasons.
Burgess, who weighs in at 260, seems to be a natural fit for the outside linebacker position for the 3-4. He will probably command a 2nd or 3rd round pick, although that might be diminished if he demands a new contract. Burgess is due to make $3.5 million in 2009 and wants a new deal.
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