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Patriots acquire defensive lineman from Eagles

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff  October 29, 2013 03:53 PM

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The Patriots apparently have acquired defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga. That's according to the Philadelphia Eagles, who have employed the nine-year veteran this season after he spent his first eight years in the NFL with the 49ers.

According to the Eagles, they sent Sopoaga and a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft to the Patriots for a fifth-round pick. Tuesday marks the NFL trading deadline; 4 p.m. was the cutoff time for teams to notify the league of any transactions.

The move would address an area of need for the Patriots defense, which lost perennial Pro Bowler Vince Wilfork to a season-ending injury last month. Tommy Kelly, another veteran defensive tackle who joined the Patriots this season, has missed the last three games with a knee injury. Rookies Joe Vellano and Chris Jones have filled in, with Jones totaling three sacks in his past two games.

Sopoaga, 32, has played in all eight of the Eagles' games this season, starting seven. He has 10 tackles and no sacks, but is primarily used to help stop the run.

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