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Raiders sign former Patriots safety Jordan Richards

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Raiders sign former Patriots safety Jordan Richards

The Raiders are adding a former Patriot to their secondary.

Oakland signed ex-Pats safety Jordan Richards, the team announced on Friday.

Richards was picked by the Patriots in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The 26-year-old spent three underwhelming seasons in New England before being traded to the Falcons prior to the 2018 season. In Atlanta, he started in 12 games and set career highs in tackles (37) and passes defensed (3).

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Trent Brown thanks Patriots fans in most Patriot way possible

Trent Brown thanks Patriots fans in most Patriot way possible

Trent Brown learned a lot from Bill Belichick during his 2018 season in New England. That much was clear in his "thank you" message to Patriots fans.

Brown thanked Pats nation Thursday on his Instagram story after signing a record-breaking contract with the Oakland Raiders. His message would make Belichick proud.

"As coach B would say, on to Oakland," wrote the 6-foot-8, 359-pound offensive tackle.

Brown is one of a few major additions for the Raiders this offseason. They also traded for star wide receiver Antonio Brown and signed another wideout in Tyrell Williams.

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Raiders GM confident Trent Brown will make Oakland offensive line 'way better'

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Raiders GM confident Trent Brown will make Oakland offensive line 'way better'

The Oakland Raiders believe the New England Patriots' loss is their gain when it comes to Trent Brown.

The left tackle agreed to a four-year, $66 million contract with the Raiders on Monday. The deal includes $36.75 million of guaranteed money, and it makes Brown the highest-paid  offensive lineman in NFL history. 

Brown played for the Patriots last season after they acquired him from the San Francisco 49ers in a trade last April. The 25-year-old tackle was a key member of a Patriots offensive line that gave up only one sack of quarterback Tom Brady during the team's run to a Super Bowl LIII championship.

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock is confident Brown will upgrade Oakland's offensive line in a major way. Here's what he told reporters Wednesday after the start of the new league year:

The Raiders allowed 52 sacks last season, which tied for the fifth-most in the league. This lack of quality pass protection is one way to explain franchise quarterback Derek Carr's dip in performance. Oakland also ranked 23rd in rushing yards per attempt and 25th in rush yards overall. Brown should improve the Raiders' ground game, too. 

Oakland still has a lot of other roster weaknesses to address before being a serious playoff contender in the AFC, but their free agency moves so far have laid a good foundation for future success.

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