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Randall traded to Texans

The Patriots traded right tackle Greg Randall to the Houston Texans Thursday for a fifth-round pick, the 19th pick of that round, in the upcoming 2003 draft.

Randall played in just seven games last season, starting only three, after a 2001 campaign in which he was a mainstay a right tackle. The 6-5, 322-pound tackle started all 19 games in the Patriots 2001 Super Bowl run, but was set back by failing the team conditioning run at the start of this year's training camp and never seemed to really catch up. He was inactive for four of the first five weeks of 2002 and shared time with second-year pro Kenyatta Jones at right tackle for most of the season.

In three seasons in New England the 2000 fourth-round selection out of Michigan State played in 35 games and started 23. He started all three postseason games in which he appeared.

Following this deal and the day's earlier trade with the Redskins involving draft picks, New England now has 11 picks in April's draft. The team has two selections in each of the first (14,19), fourth, fifth and seventh rounds and single selections in the second (50), third (75) and sixth rounds.

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