Breaking - Reports out of Oakland, recurring guest WR Cordarrelle Patterson expected to be traded to the Patriots per sources. Please credit— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) March 18, 2018
The news was later confirmed by The Athletic’s Vic Tafur. The teams are expected to exchange picks in a later round as compensation.
Trading Patterson saves the Raiders $3.25 million after the former first round pick was signed this past year. Patterson, 27, came off the bench at receiver for the Silver and Black recording 31 receptions for 309 yards in 2017.
His biggest impact came on special teams as a dangerous kick returner. Patterson’s average of 30.2 yards per kick return ranks second in NFL history behind Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers.
While he was certainly an asset for the Raiders return game, $3.2 million is a lot to pay a player that rarely contributed to the offense. With wide receiver Ryan Grant set to visit Oakland, this trade opens up a spot on the roster while also saving cap space if the Raiders are interested in signing the Redskins free agent.