Patriots reportedly acquire veteran center from Bills

Ryan Hannable
August 30, 2019 - 12:43 pm

The Patriots have now made three trades to boost their offensive line this week.

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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots have acquired veteran center Russell Bodine in a trade with the Bills. The five-year veteran spent the first four years of his career with the Bengals before starting 10 games for Buffalo last year. In total, he's started all 74 games he's played in.

ESPN's Mike Reiss adds the Patriots sent a sixth-round pick to Buffalo in exchange for Bodine.

Bodine was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 draft by the Bengals.

Clearly, Bill Belichick and Co. were not pleased with the depth on the offensive line and it got even more complicated this week with the David Andrews news and then the injury to rookie Hjalte Froholdt in Thursday's preseason finale.

Bodine is clearly on the 53-man roster and potentially could indicate the team does not expect Andrews to return at all this season.

Given his experience, he could also challenge Ted Karras for the starting job.

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