March 15, 2021
Ep.41 | Patriots Trade Marcus Cannon To The Texans
The New England Patriots have swung a trade with the Houston Texans, trading OL Marcus Cannon.
The Patriots moving on my Cannon is probably the least surprising move of the off-season. Though there was some chance he kept his spot on the team, when Bill Belichick traded for Trent Brown from the Las Vegas Raiders, Cannon’s days with the Patriots seemed numbered.
Most people were expecting Cannon to be released to free up cap space, so this isn’t necessarily Belichick playing chess, but the fact that he was able to get the significant return he did is impressive.
The Texans and the Patriots exchanged their picks in the fourth, fifth, and sixth rounds in the 2021 NFL Draft. With many Draft analysts predicting the Patriots could trade up in the first round to secure quarterbacks Trey Lance or Mac Jones, having the third pick in the later rounds is significant Draft capital that Belichick can use to swing a deal. If the Patriots didn’t trade up, the Patriots are in a positive spot to draft some much needed roster support.
Cannon opted out of the 2020 season, and has been posting videos of himself getting ready for the upcoming season. Cannon will turn 33 prior to the 2021 season starting, and New England will save $6 million in cap space. This trade is definitely a win for Belichick.
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