49ers and Patriots discussing possible trade for Trent Brown, per report

Report Patriots Acquire Tackle Trent Brown From 49ers

Report Patriots Acquire Tackle Trent Brown From 49ers

The 49ers are trading Trent Brown to the New England Patriots, according to a report from ESPN, a day after finding his replacement in the National Football League draft.

ESPN's Field Yates says the Patriots have acquired Trent Brown and pick 143 (fifth round) in this weekend's draft in exchange for pick 95 (third round).

After rising through the ranks to take on a full-time starting role in 2016, Brown subsequently missed six games past year with a number of different injuries, primarily one to his shoulder. The Patriots are attempting to fill the hole left by Nate Solder, who left the Patriots this offseason to sign a deal with the New York Giants.

Brown is considered one of the NFL's best pass-blocking offensive tackles.

That No. 43 selection made its way to New England via a different trade with San Francisco. Last October, the Pats traded quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco for a second-round pick. Last season, he played in seven games with six starts for the Seahawks. Joe Staley holds down that spot for now and is under contract for two more years. A sixth-round pick by the Seahawks in 2011, the 30-year-old Maxwell played four seasons in Seattle.

New England used one of its two first-round picks on Thursday night on Georgia's Isaiah Wynn, though it's unclear at the moment how the Patriots will use Wynn; he could be kicked inside to left guard because of his size, as the team did years ago with Logan Mankins.

He had shoulder surgery that ended his 2017 season, but was expected to be ready for training camp. As Nick Caserio, the Patriots' director of player personel said on Thursday night, "Our whole philosophy on the whole offensive line is that we'll put the best five guys out there and however it sorts itself out, it'll sort itself out".

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