The Minnesota Vikings selected Patterson in the first round of the 2013 draft, ironically with a pick which they had received from the Patriots themselves after a draft-day trade deadline. He saw an increase in playing time toward the end of the year when Amari Cooper was injured.
According to ESPN, Patterson was entering the final year of a two-year contract with Oakland and was due a $250,000 workout bonus, on top of his non-guaranteed $3 million salary.
A dynamic athlete, Patterson has failed to develop as a wide receiver.
The Patriots bolstered their special teams last night in a surprising trade with the Raiders.
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The deal with the Patriots includes the Pats getting a sixth round pick from the Raiders, while Oakland will get the Patriots fifth round selection. He has five kickoff returns for touchdowns. The Patriots actually traded the 29th overall pick to the Vikings in 2013.
In fact, in the last two season, neither Richard or Patterson has returned a kick for a touchdown.
Over five seasons, Patterson has just 163 receptions for 1,625 yards and 7 touchdowns. The Patriots need a kick returner now that Dion Lewis has moved on to Tennessee.
Patterson is headed from the Raiders to the Patriots, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair. Now that Lewis is gone who was their main return man, Patterson can take over that role and play an important role in the starting field position for Tom Brady and the offense. That is especially true when considering how historically great Patterson has been as a kick returner.