For the second time in a month, a trade involving a New England Patriots offensive lineman has fallen through.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday morning the Patriots were trading guard Josh Kline to the Philadelphia Eagles as part of a package for defensive back Eric Rowe.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick later confirmed the deal in an interview with WEEI’s “Dale & Holley,” saying the swap “was was something that will help our football team.
Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News was the first to report Kline wouldn’t be landing with the Eagles.
So, what happened? Well, that remains unclear at this time. Bryan Stork’s trade from the Patriots to the Washington Redskins last month was nixed after Stork failed a physical, and that could be the case again here.
Kline underwent offseason shoulder surgery and appeared to re-injure his shoulder in the Patriots’ second preseason game. He went on to play in each of the team’s final two exhibition contests, however, and was expected to begin the regular season as New England’s starting right guard.
Though the trade will not go through as originally announced, the Patriots will keep Rowe, according to ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss.
“We felt like Rowe would give us some depth in the secondary,” Belichick said on “Dale & Holley.” “He’s a young player, in his second year. We’ll see where that goes.”
Belichick also praised Kline in that same interview.
“I have a lot of respect for Josh,” the coach said. “He came in here as an undrafted player. Spent a little bit of time on the practice squad. Worked hard to make the team. Has played for us. We’ve won with him.”
The Patriots visit the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday night in their regular-season opener.