The New England Patriots are lacking in depth at the tight end position, with Rob Gronkowski having retired and Benjamin Watson serving a four-game suspension to start the season.
Bill Belichick's team added to its depth at the position with a trade today.
The Patriots and the Lions have reportedly agreed to a trade that'll send a 25-year-old tight end to New England.
New England and Detroit have agreed to a trade that is sending Michael Roberts to the Patriots and a 2020 conditional seventh-round pick to the Lions, per NFL Network.
Detroit head coach Matt Patricia said that his team has good competition at the position right now, allowing the franchise to deal away Roberts.
"Good competition in the (TE) room right now, so we had an opportunity to move on from Mike and hopefully get something in the future for it," Patricia said.
Roberts, a former standout at Toledo, had nine catches for 100 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2018. He's a former fourth round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.