As first reported by ESPN and confirmed by Christopher Price of WEEI.com, the Patriots are interested in trading a 2010 draft pick to acquire Oakland Raiders pass rusher Derrick Burgess.
The purported deal the Patriots are considering would send either a second-round pick (New England has three in 2010) or a third-round pick to Oakland for Burgess, who is in the final season of a five-year deal he signed after leaving Philadelphia for Oakland as a free agent in 2005.
The 6-2, 260-pound Burgess, a two-time Pro Bowler, has played defensive end in his career, but would be a 3-4 outside linebacker for the Patriots, helping fill the void created when the team traded Mike Vrabel to Kansas City.
The 30-year-old Burgess, who carries a $2 million base salary for 2009, would be a relatively cheap option at outside linebacker and could boost New England's pass rush. In eight seasons, Burgess has collected 47 career sacks in 85 games. He led the NFL and set a Raiders record with 16 sacks in 2005 and followed that up with 11 sacks in 2006.
Injuries have slowed his production the last two seasons -- he had 8 sacks in 14 games in 2007 and 3.5 sacks in 10 games last season.
Reports out of the Bay Area have said Burgess is unhappy with his contract status. He attended the Raiders mini-camp earlier this month, but didn't practice due to stomach flu.
Burgess will turn 31 in August.