49ers DE Cassius Marsh blasts his time with Patriots: 'It was B.S. things they were doing'

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49ers DE Cassius Marsh blasts his time with Patriots: 'It was B.S. things they were doing'

After claiming him off waivers in November last season, the 49ers have shown love and loyalty to defensive end Cassius Marsh. 

In his six games with the 49ers, Marsh's playing time significantly increased. In the NFL Draft, the team shied away from pass rushers thanks to Marsh's presence. 

The 25-year-old never felt this kind of love from his previous team, the New England Patriots. 

“They don’t have fun there. There’s nothing fun about it. There’s nothing happy about it. I didn’t enjoy any of my time there, you know what I’m saying?" Marsh said Saturday to the San Francisco Chronicle. "It made me for the first time in my life think about not playing football because I hated it that much.”

Marsh is speed rusher off the edge. In New England, they wanted him to shy away from his strengths and be a completely different player. 

"They asked me to do a bunch of stuff that I had never done: covering running backs and receivers and basically almost never rushing the passer, which is what I did in playing defensive line,” Marsh said.

The Patriots traded a fifth-round draft pick to acquire Marsh from the Seahawks in September of last year, signaling the team expected a big role. But Marsh's career as a Patriot ended after nine games with him playing just snaps in his final contest with the team. 

“I confronted (Belichick) about all the things that were going on,” Marsh said. “I won’t get into detail, but it was B.S. things they were doing. I just wasn’t a fan. And so I, basically, without asking to get cut, I kind of asked to get cut.

"I had confidence that I would have an opportunity elsewhere and I would take advantage of it.”

And take advantage of it he did. Marsh recorded two sacks and forced two fumbles in his six games as a 49ers. 

“Hopefully I’ll be a Niner forever," Marsh said. 

In February, the 49ers rewarded him with a two-year, $7.7 million contract extension. 

49ers trade Trent Brown to Patriots

49ers trade Trent Brown to Patriots

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)

Raiders trade veteran WR Cordarrelle Patterson to Patriots

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Raiders trade veteran WR Cordarrelle Patterson to Patriots

UPDATE (3:42pm PT on Monday): The Raiders announced that they have traded WR Cordarrelle Patterson to the Patriots for a fifth-round pick (No. 159 overall). The Raiders will send a compensatory sixth-round pick (No. 210 overall) to the Patriots.

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The Raiders are trading receiver/kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson to the New England Patriots, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area on Sunday afternoon.

The Raiders will receive a fifth-round pick, while sending a sixth-round pick back to New England, according to the NFL Network. Patterson must pass a physical to complete the transaction, NFL Network is also reporting.

The moved frees $3.25 million in salary cap space for a Raiders team that was up against the NFL spending threshold. Former Washington receiver Ryan Grant is reportedly visiting the Raiders’ Alameda complex soon. Grant is available after a failed physical voided his free-agent deal with Baltimore. He passed a physical in Indianapolis, NFL Network reported, but left the Colts without a contract. Grant is a surehanded target who averaged 12.7 yards per receptions and had just three drops in 63 targets. 

The Raiders will likely add another receiver if Grant doesn't come aboard. One of head coach Jon Gruden's preference could be found in the NFL draft if Grant goes elsewhere.

The Raiders also added receiver Griff Whalen, a Stanford alum who has some returning experience, before free agency began. 

Patterson proved a productive, explosive member of last year’s offense, primarily as a gadget player. Patterson finished the season with 31 catches for 309 yards, and had 13 receptions for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

He never became a steady, standard receiving option, and wasn’t able to shed his reputation as a relatively poor route runner. That likely made him expendable in  Gruden’s eye. He needs quality routes and steady hands from his wideouts.

That outweighs Patterson’s prowess returning kickoffs. The two-time All-Pro averages 30.2 yards per kickoff return over five seasons, with five return touchdowns to his credit.

The Patriots are well known for excellent special teams play, and needed a returner with Dion Lewis leaving for Tennessee in free agent. The Super Bowl runners up now have a dynamic returner and gunner to pair with solid coverage and return units.

This is a developing story. Check back for further details.