Patriots trade for Lions TE Michael Roberts

The Lions have traded tight end Michael Roberts to New England

The Patriots added to their tight end depth Thursday by reportedly acquiring Detroit's Michael Roberts in exchange for a future, late-round draft pick.

With spring practices wrapped up and training camp on the horizon, the New England Patriots finally swung a deal for a tight end. ESPN's Adam Schefter added that pick will be a seventh-round conditional selection in 2020.

Roberts was a fourth-round pick by Detroit in 2017 after catching 16 touchdowns his senior year at Toledo.

Roberts is a third-year tight end who caught nine passes for 100 yards and three touchdown last year over an injury-shortened season.

The Detroit News' Justin Rogers first reported the swap.

For now, Roberts will be competing with Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Ryan Izzo and undrafted rookie Andrew Beck, at least until Watson returns in Week 5.

The Patriots also lost Rob Gronkowski to retirement this offseason and recently released Austin Seferian-Jenkins, leaving them without a proven veteran at tight end with Watson on the shelf.

The Lions signed Jesse James and Logan Thomas in free agency as well as drafting T.J. Hockenson and Isaac Nauta in an overhaul of the TE room.

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