Raiders Trade Cordarrelle Patterson To Patriots

The Raiders will be parting ways with Cordarrelle Patterson and sending the former All-Pro kick returner to the Patriots, Vic Tafur of The Athletic tweets. Barstool Sports first reported the deal. The Raiders have since announced the deal.

The AFC teams will exchange late-round picks in this deal, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com confirms as such, reporting (via Twitter) the Raiders will receive a fifth-rounder and send out a sixth-round choice. Oakland previously did not possess a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft.

Patterson has one more year remaining on his contract, and he’ll be changing teams for the second straight offseason. The Patriots will receive a player who has two first-team All-Pro honors to his credit, those coming during the former first-round pick’s time with the Vikings.

The sixth-year wideout stands to count $3.25MM against the cap this season. He worked as an auxiliary Raiders pass-catcher and gadget player during his one season in Oakland, accumulating 430 yards from scrimmage and scoring twice — both on runs. He averaged 9.3 yards per tote on 13 attempts.

Dion Lewis served as New England’s primary kick returner last season. He’s since signed with the Titans to leave that role vacant, and a franchise that’s valued special teams immensely under Bill Belichick will acquire a dangerous return man to fill Lewis’ spot. Patterson has not served as a punt returner much in his career, so it’s likely the 6-foot-2 cog will be installed on the Pats’ kick-return unit and potentially have a role as a backup wide receiver.

The 2013 first-rounder has not lived up to expectations as a receiver, but he landed on the 2013 and ’16 All-Pro teams for his return work. Patterson has six career kick-return scores, with three of those coming as a rookie.

Oakland has rearranged its wide receiving corps this offseason, jettisoning its No. 2 and No. 4 WRs from a season ago. Although, Jordy Nelson replaced Michael Crabtree. The team may be in need of some depth to take Patterson’s place. Seth Roberts is due back after receiving a $2MM roster bonus late this week. His $2.25MM base salary is now fully guaranteed.

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12 comments on “Raiders Trade Cordarrelle Patterson To Patriots

  1. TJECK109

    It’s funny you list his offensive stats and all pro kick returner but don’t mention one stat regarding kick returns. Average, TDs etc.

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    • gronk

      When u say funny. I’m just curious on the angle your taking here? Could it be PFR is purposely leaving out those stats because umm they want us readers to think they don’t exist? Hmm. Or maybe they are huge Patriot fans and are trying to create a huge conspiracy theory? Hmm. Could it actually of been C. Patterson himself who wrote this piece? Or the craziest thought. Maybe they just didn’t include those stats because they just didn’t? Hmm.

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      • TJECK109

        If they didn’t just because they didn’t then it’s a crap piece. Nearly as interesting to read as your response. They tout his kick return skills and do nothing but mention his all pro selections . Pretty lazy. And I love the site and the articles but your stupid response needed a reply

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    • Polish Hammer

      “the Raiders will receive a fifth-rounder and send out a sixth-round choice”…SMH

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  2. Clark K

    I could see him being our trick play guy and kick returner

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  3. Connorsoxfan

    Good move. This seems like the classic Pats move where he does some good special teams work, contributes a little on offense, and then has a huge trick play that Bill pulls out of his bag in a playoff game. The Pats needed another guy who could electrify the offense once in awhile, and he should be able to do that.

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  4. mikedickinson

    Lewis and Amendola are gone, and you don’t want Edelman back there returning kicks and punts as he’s too valuable. Great move.

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  5. nentwigs

    We are not chatting about a world beater here. As a First Round Draft Choice, Patterson was expected to step up and become a top flight receiver. He didn’t for the Vikings and he didn’t for the Raiders. What it seems he CAN do is return kicks and run an occasional “gadget” play. While some teams may have value for a player with this skill set, his lack of ability is translating the contents of the playbook to on field performance as a receiver, do limit his appeal and value.

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