The New England Patriots could have taken Cordarrelle Patterson with the 29th overall pick in the 2013 draft, but instead dealt that selection to the Vikings for second-, third-, fourth and seventh-round selections.
Patterson never turned into the wide receiver the Vikings expected and left as a free agent for Oakland after the 2016 season. On Sunday, the Patriots decided it was time to give Patterson a chance. New England acquired the receiver and ace kick returner from the Raiders in a deal that was first reported by Pardon My Take.
Patterson, whom the Patriots could use almost exclusively on returns, is coming off a season in which he caught 31 passes for 309 yards and rushed for 121 yards. His top season as a receiver remains his rookie year in Minnesota when he caught 45 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns.
Patterson has been very productive on kickoff returns, earning two trips to the Pro Bowl for his ability in that area. He has five touchdowns on returns and last season averaged 28.3 yards on 19 returns.
Patterson, who is due to make a base salary of $3 million in the final season of his two-year contract in 2018, will replace Dion Lewis as the Patriots’ kickoff return man. Lewis has signed with Tennessee.
The Patriots used the picks they obtained from the Vikings to take linebacker Jamie Collins, cornerback Logan Ryan, wide receiver Josh Boyce and running back LeGarrette Blount, whom they acquired in a trade for the seventh-round pick.