This has been a busy week for the New England Patriots, and it turns out the front office isn't done making deals yet. With the deadline for each team's 53-man roster coming up on Saturday, the defending champions have shipped out a former second-round pick.
Instead of adding more depth in the trenches, New England is removing players that might not make its roster. With so many options in the secondary already, the front office had to part ways with a few options.
The Patriots have sent Duke Dawson to the Broncos, per
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 30, 2019
">NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
In addition to sending Dawson to Denver, New England is also sending a 2020 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick.
Dawson was the 56th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
During his time at Florida, Dawson earned first-team All-SEC honors in his final season.
Although the Patriots spent a second-round pick on Dawson, he didn't appear in a single game last season.
New England has a surplus of cornerbacks, which includes Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, Jonathan Jones and J.C. Jackson. There simply wasn't room on the roster for Dawson, who now has a chance for a fresh start in Denver.