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Lions trade TE Roberts to Patriots for conditional pick

Thu Jun 13 10:49am ET
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer

Players: Rob Gronkowski, Logan Thomas, Jesse James, Michael Roberts, T.J. Hockenson

Detroit Lions tight end Michael Roberts (80) runs a route during Day 1 of OTAs on Monday, May 20, 2019 in Allen Park, Mich. (Detroit Lions via AP)


New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick smiles as he walks off the field during an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)


Detroit Lions tight ends T.J. Hockenson, from left, blocks against Jesse James while Michael Roberts (80) blocks against Jerome Cunningham during NFL football training camp Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Allen Park, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Lions traded tight end Michael Roberts to the New England Patriots for a conditional draft pick.

Detroit made the move Thursday, creating an open roster spot. ESPN reported the Lions may get a seventh-round selection for Roberts in 2020.

Roberts became expendable this offseason. The Lions drafted Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson early in the first round of the NFL draft in April after signing veterans Jesse James and Logan Thomas.

Detroit drafted Roberts in the fourth round two years ago. He has 13 career receptions for 146 yards and three touchdowns.

The Patriots added depth at tight end by acquiring Roberts, giving them another option following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski.

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