AP source: Raiders trade returner Patterson to Patriots

Cordarelle Patterson (left) is coming to the Patriots.
Cordarelle Patterson (left) is coming to the Patriots. –Stephen Lam / Getty Images

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders are trading star kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson to the New England Patriots.

A person familiar with the deal said Sunday that the deal will become official after Patterson passes a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Pardon My Take first reported the trade.

NFL Network reported that Oakland will receive a fifth-round pick in the deal and send one of its six sixth-round picks to New England.

Patterson is one of the most accomplished kickoff returners in the game. His career average of 30.2 yards per return ranks second all-time to Hall of Famer Gale Sayers’ 30.6 mark.

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