Both the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys addressed needs on Tuesday. According to multiple reports, the Patriots have traded cornerback Justin Green to the Cowboys in exchange for defensive tack Ben Bass. The trade is a move that will add some needed depth for both teams.
The Patriots currently received good news as first-round draft pick Dominique Easley has returned to practice, but with Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly returning from season-ending injuries, the team is still in search of more depth, especially with the current injury to defensive lineman Chris Jones and the sudden retirement of Armond Armstead.
The 24-year-old Bass is a product of Texas A&M. At 6-foot-5, 294 pounds, Bass does add size but doesn't add much experience. He has only appeared in two NFL regular season games, both in 2012. Bass was an undrafted free agent and only recorded one tackle in those two games with the Cowboys. It would appear that he will have to beat out players like Sealver Siliga, Joe Vellano and Marcus Forston for a roster spot.
Green would fill more of a purpose for Dallas. Following the suspension of cornerback Orlando Scandrick, the Cowboys needed a little more depth at the cornerback position. The 23-year-old Green is entering his second season in the NFL. A undrafted free agent out of Illinois, Green played two games with the Patriots. Though most of his playing time has come on special teams, he has shown an ability to make plays on defense. Green will give the Cowboys more options and can help out on special teams.
Green was listed as the third-string left cornerback on the Patriots latest depth chart. The team suddenly finds itself deep at the position, which is why Green was expendable. The Patriots currently have Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Alfonso Dennard, Kyle Arrington, Logan Ryan as their primary cornerbacks with Jemea Thomas, Travis Hawkins and preseason star Malcolm Butler competing for roster spots.