The Patriots have traded offensive lineman Ross Tucker to the Cleveland Browns tonight. The Patriots will receive a conditional draft choice in 2007.
Tucker's agent, Joe Linta, said the deal was consummated after the Patriots' Tuesday afternoon practice.
"Ross is sad to leave but knows he was fighting for an eighth, ninth or 10th roster spot," Linta said. "Tomorrow, he's competing for the starting center job with the Browns."
Linta helped facilitate the deal after being granted permission by the Patriots to speak with Cleveland officials. Linta said Tucker was appreciative of the Patriots' approach, allowing him the chance to pursue a potentially better opportunity.