Lions, Patriots Call Off Michael Roberts Trade

Michael Roberts isn’t going to the Patriots, after all. On Friday, the Lions announced that Roberts reverted back to the team’s roster, “per trade conditions.” Subsequently, the Lions waived the tight end.

Earlier this week, the Lions agreed to ship Roberts to the Patriots in exchange for a conditional 7th-round pick in 2020. For one reason or another, the trade effectively fell through.

Roberts has yet to break through at the pro level, but he has flashed some ability over the past two seasons. He had his best showing in October of last year when he caught two touchdown passes against the Dolphins. Ultimately, however, injuries have prevented him from really making a dent in the NFL.

Now, the league’s 30 other teams will have an opportunity to add him to the roster. The Cardinals, who finished with the worst record in the NFL in 2018, have No. 1 waiver priority.

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7 comments on “Lions, Patriots Call Off Michael Roberts Trade

  1. connfyoozed

    I assume that he probably failed the Patriots’ physical, and the Lions probably had no plans to keep him, so Detroit is essentially doing Roberts a favor by letting him go now so he can maybe latch on somewhere else before training camp.

      • connfyoozed

        I don’t think they would be allowed to based on the trade being vetoed, and in any case if he failed their physical they aren’t going to claim him. Every team does their physical differently though, so his failing New England’s doesn’t necessarily mean no one will claim him.

        • Polish Hammer

          Trade wasn’t a exactly “vetoed”, NE just got buyers remorse. I’m sure there’s some angle they’re working here, never fails.

      • ernski4

        If the patriots claim him that means every other team passed on him, so no, not BS

  2. Whateverworks77

    If they want to take a flyer on a low budget tight end with a little upside…Seth DeValve for a 21 7th rounder if he makes team…prob is he doesnt stay healthy either

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