OPINION: Bringing Back Trent Brown a Step in the Right Direction for the New England Patriots

Published 03/09/2021, 4:54 PM EST


Reports early Tuesday morning started flooding in regarding the New England Patriots’ first big move in the market this season. The 6-time Super Bowl Champions were trading for offensive tackle Trent Brown from the Las Vegas Raiders.

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And by doing so, they’ll be bringing back a familiar face to Gillette Stadium. Brown played for the franchise back in 2018, and while that was his solitary year with the franchise, it was also his best yet.

Trent Brown can guide the Patriots back to glory

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In his season with the Patriots, Brown played over 95% of total snaps made by the team during their Super Bowl run. And his performances that season prompted the Raiders to bring in him with a 4-year, $66 million contract.

Following another solid showing in 2019, Brown made his first Pro Bowl appearance. And all was going well until the 2020 season came around.

In the COVID-ravaged season, Brown played just 5 games and spent some time on the reserve/COVID-19 list. And to make matters worse, he had to be hospitalized after a mishap saw air enter his bloodstream following a complication with pre-game IV.

Brown, however, shouldn’t be judged by his last season alone. Standing at 6′ 8″ and weighing 380 pounds, the OT is a colossus even in terms of NFL players.

He played a key role in Head Coach Bill Belichick’s O-Line that made the gaps needed to make big plays through the rushing attack.

Oct 25, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sideline as they take on the San Francisco 49ers in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Still just 27, Brown clearly has more left in the tank. And who better to revive a career in the NFL than coach Belichick. Accustomed to the Patriot way, Brown should easily fit into a dominant Patriots O-Line ranked as a Top-5 unit last season by PFF.

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The deal for Brown is one can that comes with low risk and high reward. Sources say that the Raiders are receiving a 2022 5th-round pick in exchange for Brown and a 2022 7th-round pick.

So if Brown can replicate some of the form he showed less than 2 years ago, the Patriots may have landed the biggest steal of this season’s trade market.

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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