Tight end Michael Roberts fails physical, negating deal with the Lions.
As it turns out, the Patriots did not acquire tight end Michael Roberts in a trade with Detroit.
On Friday, the Lions announced that Roberts “reverted back to the team’s roster, per trade conditions.” This happened after the 25-year-old failed his physical, per the Boston Globe, which made the deal fall through. Now, the Patriots keep their 2020 seventh-round draft pick.
In the end, the Patriots, who announced the trade on Thursday, could still add Roberts if they really wanted to down the line. After the deal fell apart, the Lions subsequently waived the tight end.
The Patriots have had some bad luck with tight ends this offseason. After Rob Gronkowski retired, the team signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but ended up releasing the veteran as he steps away from football to deal with personal issues. The Patriots also added Ben Watson, but the veteran will start the season serving a four-game suspension.
If the Patriots don’t add another tight end, they’ll head into training camp with Watson, Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck.