The 49ers and New England Patriots on Friday morning did some more business together. This time, the 49ers sent a player to the Patriots.
The 49ers traded right tackle Trent Brown and a fifth-round pick (No. 143 overall) to the Patriots for a third-round pick (No. 95), the 49ers announced.
“We want to thank Trent for his service and contributions to our team and wish him all the best in New England,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement.
Brown became expendable on Thursday when the 49ers selected Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey with the No. 9 overall pick. McGlinchey will help protect quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, whom the 49ers acquired in an October trade from the Patriots for a second-round draft pick.
The draft continues Friday with the second and third rounds. The 49ers now have three scheduled picks in the third round.
Brown is entering the final year of his contract. He entered the league as a seventh-round draft pick from Florida. Brown is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Brown is expected to be cleared for the opening of training camp.
Brown's size and athleticism has led to a lot of praise outside the building. Denver Broncos pass-rusher Von Miller called Brown the best right tackle in the league. But the 49ers had concerns about Brown's commitment to physical conditioning, film study, work habits and learning his assignments.
49ERS DRAFT PICKS
First round (No. 9): OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
Second round: No. 59 overall (from New Orleans)
Third round: No. 70 (own pick)
Third round: No. 74 overall (from Chicago)
Third round: No. 94 overall (from New England)
Fourth round: No. 128 overall (from Pittsburgh)
Sixth round: No. 184 (own pick)
Seventh round: No. 223 overall (from Miami)
Seventh round: No. 240 overall (from Kansas City)