Patriots Trade For Derrick Burgess

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August 06, 2009 at 06:39pm ET

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Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reported this afternoon that the Patriots traded for defensive end Derrick Burgess of the Oakland Raiders. Terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed.

The 30-year-old Burgess is in the final year of a five-year deal, and had been boycotting Raiders training camp to try to force the Raiders to give him a new deal, or to release him or trade him. As a result this deal, which had been discussed quite a bit over the last couple of weeks, should help improve the Patriots pass rush, which had just 31 sacks last season (14th in the NFL) 28 shy of the Dallas Cowboys who had 59 during the regular season 2008.

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