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Patriots, Broncos Agree To Minor Trade Involving Former Florida Star

A New England Patriots helmet sitting on the bench.

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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.

Earlier in the week, New England acquired help for its offensive line. It struck deals with Arizona and Baltimore, landing Korey Cunningham and Jermaine Eluemunor, respectively.

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

Source: #Patriots CB Duke Dawson was traded to the #Broncos. A former second rounder.

— 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.