Saturday, September 4, 2010
Sources: Patriots acquire Page, White
By Mike Reiss
The New England Patriots made a couple of trades Saturday, acquiring safety Jarrad Page from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a conditional draft choice and landing linebacker Tracy White from the Philadelphia Eagles for an undisclosed draft pick, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The 25-year-old Page held out of Chiefs camp until Friday before signing his one-year restricted tender. He had been asking for a trade and the team accommodated him by dealing him to the Patriots.
At 6-foot, 225 pounds, he is a bigger safety who could play a Brandon McGowan-type role in the box. McGowan was placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday with a torn pectoral muscle.
Page, who played in college at UCLA, spent the first four seasons of his career in Kansas City. He played in 16 games in each of his first three seasons in the league and played in 5 games last year. He has 10 career interceptions, 198 tackles and has started 37 games.
Earlier Saturday, the Eagles announced they were cutting White. Then, just before they turned the cut into the league office, they found a trade partner in the Patriots.
The 6-foot, 230-pound White, who enters his ninth NFL season, has played for the Seattle Seahawks (2003-2004), Jacksonville Jaguars (2005), Green Bay Packers (2006-2008) and Eagles (2008-2009). He has started just two career games, so the Patriots are likely looking at potential special teams impact with this move.
Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.