The Denver Broncos and New England Patriots have come to an agreement for tight end A.J. Derby. ESPN’s Field Yates is reporting that the Broncos will send their fifth-round pick in 2017 to the Patriots in exchange for the young tight end.
The move cements a very busy day for the Patriots on a trade front. Earlier today it was discovered they traded a draft pick to the Detroit Lions to get linebacker Kyle Van Noy. Yates is also reporting that New England is sending them a sixth-round pick in the exchange and the Lions will send over a seventh-round selection in addition to Van Noy.
So ultimately the Patriots were able to make up their losses from earlier trade by dealing the young tight end. It’s also somewhat noteworthy that they traded a fourth-round pick to get Martellus Bennett, who was one season removed from a Pro Bowl year. And they were able to get a fifth-rounder for Derby, a second-year player who does not have a catch in the regular season this year.
That being said though, the Broncos had nothing but positive things to say about the young tight end and they were clearly happy about the transaction.
“A.J. is a young tight end who can help us immediately,” General Manager John Elway said. “He has tremendous upside and will fit in well on our team.”
With Derby now coming to the active roster, Elway and the Broncos will have to make a corresponding move to clear a spot on the 53-man roster.