The Patriots are still going to end up with defensive back Eric Rowe. But the trade that will bring him to New England has taken a little bit different form than how we understood it earlier in the day Tuesday.
The Patriots will send a conditional draft pick to the Eagles in return for Rowe, a second-round pick in 2015, however Patriots offensive lineman Josh Kline is no longer part of the package headed to Philadelphia, according to Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran. The conditional pick will be a fourth-rounder that could become a third-rounder based on Rowe’s playing time in New England.
ESPN was first to report that Kline was no longer part of the deal.
As of now, Kline is still in the mix on the interior of the Patriots offensive line along with guards Jonathan Cooper, Shaq Mason, Joe Thuney, Ted Karras and center David Andrews.
No failed physical for Kline. He simply was removed from the deal. The rest of it remains - Eric Rowe in exchange for conditional 4th— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) September 6, 2016
It’s an interesting situation the Patriots have found themselves in because earlier in the day on Tuesday, not only was it reported that Kline was part of the trade, but Bill Belichick also confirmed the trade - including Kline’s involvement - in an interview on WEEI’s Dale and Holley Show.
More to come. . .