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Report: Patriots and Raiders in Trade Talks for Derrick Burgess

DENVER - NOVEMBER 23:  Derrick Burgess #56 of the Oakland Raiders rushes against the Denver Broncos during week 12 NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 23, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. Fargas rushed for 107 yards as the Raiders defeated the Broncos 31-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IMay 19, 2009

According to a report from the Boston Globe, the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders are currently in talks that would send Raiders defensive end Derrick Burgess to the Patriots.

Per the report, the Patriots are looking to send one of their three second-round picks in 2010 or a third-round pick to Oakland for the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end.

According to many reports in the Oakland area, Burgess has been very unhappy with his current contract with the Raiders.

Many thought the Patriots would try to lure Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers away from Carolina, due to his unhappiness with receiving a franchise tag.

Peppers has wanted a new deal for awhile now but has asked for a trade due to lack of negotiations.

This might be the easier route to go for New England. Burgess could step in and play the outside linebacker position in their 3-4 defensive scheme. They would only have to give up a second-round pick at most. Many have thought the Panthers were looking for a first-round pick for Peppers.

Burgess would give the Patriots the pass rush they are looking for in 2009. Stay tuned to see if a deal gets done.

 

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