FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The New England Patriots have agreed to trade longtime right-back Marcus Cannon for the Houston Texans, which includes a mid-to-late-round draft swap, sources told ESPN.
Cannon had signed out of the 2020 season, and sources said a catalyst for trading was that due to COVID-19 considerations, he hadn’t signed up with the Patriots for physical training – along with the other players on the team who did had signed out.
The 6-foot-6,335-pound cannon, a non-Hodgkins lymphoma survivor, was originally from Texas. He also played Christian at college in Texas.
The trade can only be made official at the beginning of the league year, which starts on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.
Houston currently has two starters in the offensive tackle under contract: Left tackle Laremy Tunsil and Tytus Howard from the first round of 2019. If both stay on the squad before the start of the 2021 season, Howard could move inside again. During his rookie season, Howard played left guard and left tackle before moving to right tackle.
Cannon has appeared in 115 regular season NFL games (69 starts) and 19 playoff games (11 starts). He was part of three New England Super Bowl championship teams that selected him in the 2011 draft round five.
The Patriots, who previously agreed to a deal for the Las Vegas Raiders offensive against Trent Brown, will save about $ 6.3 million in salary cap by trading Cannon.
The deal would be the first swap between Patriots trainer Bill Belichick and his longtime director of player staff Nick Caserio, who is Houston general manager in his first season.
The Boston Globe first reported on the trade.
Sarah Barshop from ESPN contributed to this report.