Patriots trading for former Raiders wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson

Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson

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The New England Patriots could have taken Cordarrelle Patterson with the 29th overall pick in the 2013 draft, but instead dealt that selection to the Vikings for second-, third-, fourth and seventh-round selections.

Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders continue to shuffle their wide receivers. Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Patriots will swap their fifth-round pick for a Raiders sixth-round pick in order to make the move.

He could play a huge role in 2018 with special teams as well, especially after losing their kick returner in Dion Lewis, and their punt returner in Danny Amendola.

Oakland could be in the market for a depth receiver or special teamer with the departure of Patterson. Former Oakland offensive coordinator Todd Downing used Patterson in various ways last season as one of the team's most dynamic offensive threats.

Patterson caught 31 passes for 309 yards in his first season with the Raiders past year. Now the Raiders are tasked with replacing him in Year 1 under Jon Gruden. This latest move, though, is Oakland's first trade of the offseason.

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