FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots formally announced that they have acquired OT Trent Brown in a trade with Las Vegas today. Terms of the trade were not disclosed. Brown spent the 2018 season with New England, started all 16 regular season games and three postseason contests, including Super Bowl LIII.
The Patriots also announced that they have traded OT Marcus Cannon to the Houston Texans. Terms of the trade were not announced. In addition, the Patriots released DL Beau Allen and WR Marqise Lee.
Brown, 27, is a veteran of six NFL seasons with San Francisco (2015-17), New England (2018) and Las Vegas (2019-20). The 6-foot-8, 380-pounder originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (244th overall) by San Francisco out of Florida in the 2015 NFL Draft. Brown was acquired by New England in a trade with San Francisco on April 27, 2018, and signed with the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2019. Brown has played in 63 regular season games with 60 starts in his career and all three playoff contests with New England in 2018. Brown has started at both right tackle and left tackle during his career. Over two seasons with the Raiders, Brown started all 16 games he played at right tackle. After earning his first Pro Bowl selection in 2019, he was limited to five games in 2020.
Cannon, 32, was originally drafted by the Patriots in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Texas Christian. The 6-foot-6, 335-pounder exercised his Reserve/Opt-Out decision and did not play in the 2020 season. Cannon has played in 115 regular season games with 69 starts. He has also appeared in 19 postseason games with 11 starts. He has made 64 starts at right tackle, two at left tackle and three at left guard in the regular season and all 11 playoff starts have come at right tackle. Cannon is a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots as part of an offensive line that finished with a top-10 offense seven of his nine NFL seasons. Cannon earned Associated Press All-Pro: Second Team honors in 2016 and was named the Patriots 2011 Ed Block Courage Award winner – an annual award presented to select NFL players who are voted by their teammates as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.
Allen, 29, was signed by New England as an unrestricted free agent from Tampa Bay on March 20, 2020. The 6-foot-3, 327-pounder, spent the season on injured reserve. Allen is a seven-year veteran, having spent his first six NFL seasons with Philadelphia (2014-17) and Tampa Bay (2018-19). He originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (224th overall) of Philadelphia out of Wisconsin in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was signed by Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent from Philadelphia on March 16, 2018. Allen has played in 90 regular season NFL games with 16 starts and has registered 117 total tackles, 2½ sacks, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed. He has also played in three postseason games in 2017 with Philadelphia, including Super Bowl LII, finishing the postseason with three total tackles.
Lee, 29, signed with New England as a free agent on April 28, 2020, but exercised his Reserve/Opt-Out decision and did not play in the 2020 season. The 6-foot, 196-pounder, was originally drafted by Jacksonville in the second round (39th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Southern California. He has played in 59 regular season games with 30 starts and has 174 receptions for 2,184 yards and eight touchdowns. In addition, he has played and started in three postseason games in 2017 and caught seven passes for 69 yards. Lee has also totaled 100 yards on 16 rushing attempts, returned 18 kickoffs for 545 yards and one touchdown and returned seven punts for 16 yards. He was released by Jacksonville on April 20, 2020, after six seasons with the team.