FOXBORO -- The Patriots have executed two trades in as many days with the Seahawks, but you can think of it as one clean-and-tidy deal.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots sent Seattle a seventh-round pick in exchange for defensive end Cassius Marsh on Saturday. That seventh-round pick was the pick the Patriots received from Seattle on Friday in a deal that sent corner Justin Coleman to the Seahawks. The Patriots are also sending Seattle a fifth-round pick in the deal, per Schefter.
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So the trade ended up being Coleman for Marsh. In Coleman, the Seahawks landed some help in the secondary, and in the process, they trimmed down what has become a loaded defensive line by sending Marsh to New England. Earlier in the week, Seattle landed former Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson in a trade.
Marsh played in all 16 regular-season games for the Seahawks in each of the last two seasons. He had three sacks in 2016 and was a contributor on special teams. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder played in 36 percent of his team's defensive snaps last season, including playoffs.
The Patriots have been in need of some defensive end depth since early in the summer when Rob Ninkovich retired, rookie Deatrich Wise suffered a concussion and linebacker Shea McClellin (who has edge experience) suffered an undisclosed injury. Kony Ealy, who the Patriots acquired in a trade with the Panthers during the offseason, was mostly ineffective during his time in New England and was released last weekend.