BOSTON (CBS) — The New England Patriots have made a trade, as Matt Patricia continues to stock up on now-former Patriots.
The Patriots traded safety Duron Harmon to the Lions on Wednesday.
To complete the deal, the two teams swapped picks — the Patriots sent a seventh-rounder to Detroit, while the Lions sent a fifth-round pick back to New England. In essence, the move was made to create salary space for New England.
Specifically, the Lions got pick No. 235 with Harmon, while the Patriots received pick No. 172.
Harmon was set to carry a $5.75 million cap hit this season. He’ll now cost just $1.25 million against the cap.
Harmon, 29, was drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 2013 draft. He’s played in 111 of a possible 112 regular-season games, plus 17 more playoff games over the course of seven seasons.
He’s picked off 17 passes in the regular season and four more in the playoffs, earning the nickname of “The Closer” for his penchant for making picks to seal victories for New England.
Harmon was on the field for 65.2 percent of the Patriots’ defensive snaps last year, up from 61 percent in 2018.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Lions agreed to terms with defensive tackle Danny Shelton. Earlier, Jamie Collins agreed to a deal with Detroit as well.