Patriots, Raiders trade rates: New England sends offensive tackle Justin Herron to Vegas

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The cross-pollination between Josh McDaniels’ Raiders and Bill Belichick’s Patriots has a new chapter. This time, the two clubs worked out an agreement in a trade that would send offensive tackle Justin Herron to Las Vegas. The Patriots declaredaccording to the deal, involves teams flipping draft picks NFL Networkwhich is associated with a particular big swap, SI.com The Patriots get a 2024 sixth-round pick, while the Raiders get a 2024 seventh-rounder with Herron.

Herron entered the NFL in 2020 as a sixth-round draft pick of the Patriots out of Wake Forest. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder was a reserve tackle throughout his tenure in Foxborough. Over 28 regular season games were played, with Herron starting 10 of them. He also earned a start in New England’s lone playoff game during the 2021 season.

Through two games this season, Heron has not seen a game.

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Patriots: C+

It’s not an earth-shattering move, and the Patriots are very deep at offensive tackle. In addition to starters Trent Brown and Isaiah Wynn, the club has Yodney Cajust as the main swing blocker on the active roster. Marcus Cannon, Cody Russi and Bill Murray are the three offensive linemen currently on the practice squad. With that in mind, they move up a round on Day 3 of the 2024 draft while not eating too much into their depth.

The move also frees up a roster spot to be used by defensive tackle Daniel Egual, who is eligible to return from his two-game suspension.

Raiders: B-

For the Raiders, they are getting the development that the coaching staff and front office are very familiar with their relationship with New England. Not only is McDaniels now in Las Vegas, but he brought offensive line coach Carmen Brisillo with him. Priscillo held that same title in his final season with Bill Belichick’s staff and has worked with Herron his entire career. So, they know what kind of player they’re getting in this trade, while not losing much in terms of draft capital because Day 3 picks are often a dart throw.

Heron has two years left on his new contract, so they could bring him in for a while.

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