It looks like Bill Belichick is just as unsure where Isaiah Wynn will play on the offensive line as the rest of us. Or he could be just adding more competition for the left tackle job.
That's because the Patriots swung a deal with San Francisco, acquiring tackle Trent Brown and the 143rd overall pick (fifth round) for New England's third-round pick (95 overall).
Robert Kraft announced the deal at an event Friday morning, saying the team had acquired a tackle from the West Coast.
According to ESPN.com, the trade is pending a physical and added that "Brown, who is coming off season-ending shoulder surgery, flew to Foxborough on Thursday to undergo the physical Friday."
Brown played right tackle for the Niners, starting 28 of 31 games played after entering the league as a seventh-round pick in 2015. The 6-8, 355-pound Brown is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the Niners took Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick Thursday night, making him expendable.
Brown's 2017 season was cut short due to the shoulder injury and he finished the year on IR. He will join a crowded group of tackles that includes Marcus Cannon, LaAdrian Waddle, Matt Tobin, recently acquired Ulrick John, Tony Garcia, Cole Croston, Andrew Jelks, and possibly Wynn, who most draft experts envision as a guard.
Clearly Belichick is giving himself plenty of options to replace Nate Solder at left tackle.
The Patriots are currently scheduled to pick twice Friday night – both in the second round at Nos. 43 and 63 overall.