Pats Sack The Opportunity Of Adding Pass-Rusher
The New England Patriots acquired defensive end Derrick Burgess from the Oakland Raiders for a 2010 third-round and fourth-round pick.
The acquisition of Burgess, a two-time pro bowler, instantly upgrades the Patriots defense and gives them a dynamic pass rush from the defensive end position. The 6-foot-2-inch Burgess cost the Pats two draft picks in 2010 and $2 million for base salary in 2009.
Burgess has 47 career sacks and is a eight-year veteran of the NFL. Disgruntled in his past few years in Oakland, a change in scenery and management should brighten Burgess’ outlook on playing, much like that of Randy Moss in 2007.
New England tried to acquire Burgess back before the draft but couldn’t come to an agreement with Oakland regarding draft picks. However, the two teams kept the lines of communication open and pulled the trigger on a deal just one week into training camp.