The Patriots will have a new left tackle for the second straight year.
According to multiple reports, Trent Brown has agreed to sign with the Raiders. The deal is for four years and $66 million with over $36 million guaranteed. This contract is the highest for a NFL offensive linemen in league history, which means for the second straight offseason a Patriot lineman has left and received the highest deal in NFL history.
This wasn't much of a surprise, as the Patriots had no chance of retaining him given his contract demands.
Brown was solid in his first and only year in New England, but many have pointed out he had a lot to play for given it was a contract year. His effort was questioned at times in San Francisco and that was one of the reasons why he was dealt to New England last year during the draft.
As for his replacement, it will likely fall on the shoulders of second-year player Isaiah Wynn. He spent last season on injured reserve, but was impressive over the summer. It also seems likely the team will make sure there's a veteran behind Wynn as an insurance policy (potentially LaAdrian Waddle).