Falcons pull off minor miracle with trade

August, 23, 2010
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The Atlanta Falcons just made the official announcement that they have traded offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed draft pick.

We don’t know exactly what the draft pick will be, but it’s pretty safe to assume it’s a very late-round choice. Whatever, give Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff credit for getting anything in exchange for Ojinnaka. A fifth-round pick in 2006, Ojinnaka has been a non-factor throughout his career, and his future with the Falcons was less bright than ever.

The team had used mid-round draft picks on Mike Johnson and Joe Hawley this year, and there was a good chance Ojinnaka wasn’t going to make the team. He’s already been suspended for this season’s first game for violating the league’s conduct policy.

But Dimitroff used to work for the Patriots, and he might have used his relationship there to help pull off this deal. With Logan Mankins holding out and some other members of the offensive line injured, the Patriots were desperate for offensive line help. It’s possible the draft pick the Falcons get could be contingent upon Ojinnaka making the New England roster.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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