Apparently, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick saw something he liked in Atlanta almost as much as his teams performance in their win over the Falcons last week. This weekend the Patriots made a trade for Atlanta reserve offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka. An NFL source has confirmed that the Patriots acquired Ojinnaka from Atlanta in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice.
Ojinnaka, a 6-foot-5 299 poind tackle, was a fifth round pick out of Syracuse in 2006, and has appeared in 39 career games with 12 starts for the Falcons. The loss of offensive lineman Nick Kaczur to season ending back surgery likely triggered this deal, as Ojiannaka is expected bolster the Patriots depth along the offensive line.
However, Ojinnaka must serve a one game suspension this season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
The news of the trade was first reported by Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com. Kaplan also tweeted tonight that he expects the Patriots to place rookie defensive lineman Kade Weston on injured reserve.