One day after making their first NFL Draft 2018 pick to tackle their offensive line, the Patriots have made another move to protect Tom Brady.
New England has taken over Trent Brown from the 49ers, the team announced on Friday. The Patriots also get a fifth round pick (143rd overall) in this draft, while San Francisco send a third-rounder (95th overall).
Brown, 25, was a seventh-round pick of San Francisco in 2015 and has started in the last two seasons. At 6-8, 355 pounds, he is an impressive force, but the 49ers chose Notre Dame Mike McGlinchey with ninth overall pick Thursday night and this move opens a place for the beginner.
New England's long-left tackle, Nate Solder, is now with the Giants, and Marcus Cannon's right-wing assault has tackled an injury in recent years. With Brown now in the fold along with rookie Isaiah Wynn, who designed the Patriots 23rd overall Thursday, the Patriots have some options on the offensive line.