FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have acquired C Russell Bodine in a trade with the Buffalo Bills and traded DB Duke Dawson Jr. to the Denver Broncos. Terms of the trades were not announced.
Bodine, 27, is a veteran of five NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals (2014-17) and the Buffalo Bills (2018). The 6-foot-3, 308-pounder originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick (111th overall) by Cincinnati out of North Carolina in the 2014 NFL Draft. After four seasons with the Bengals, Bodine signed with Buffalo as an unrestricted free agent on March 19, 2018. He has started 74 career games at center in the regular season and two postseason games. Last season, he started all 10 games that he played in at center before finishing the season on injured reserve.
Dawson Jr., 23, was drafted by New England in the second-round (56th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Florida. The 5-foot-10, 198-pounder began the 2018 regular season on injured reserve before being activated to the 53-man roster on Nov. 13. He was inactive for the final six regular-season contests and all three postseason games.