New England moved quickly to shore up its rapidly depleting secondary Saturday, trading an undisclosed draft choice to Kansas City for S Jarrad Page.
News of the trade came on the heels of the Patriots' announcement that they were placing S Brandon McGowan on injured reserve with a chest injury. McGowan started 11 games last season and was being counted on as a top backup this season. Earlier the team had placed starting CB Leigh Bodden on I.R. with a shoulder injury.
Page skipped OTAs, minicamps and all of training camp while refusing to sign his restricted free-agent tender as he demanded to be traded. The Chiefs announced Friday that he had signed his tender of $1.759 million, amid speculation that he would be shipped out of Kansas City.
In another trade Saturday, New England acquired veteran LB Tracy White from Philadelphia for an undisclosed 2012 draft pick.
Earlier in the day, the Patriots released OLB Derrick Burgess, WR Sam Aiken and LBs Eric Alexander and Pierre Woods. Other cuts were QB Zac Robinson, RBs Thomas Clayton and Chris Taylor, TEs Carson Butler and Rob Myers, LB Thomas Williams, S Sergio Brown, CB DeAngelo Willingham, DB Ross Ventrone, WRs Buddy Farnham, Darnell Jenkins and Rod Owens, and O-linemen George Bussey, Ted Larsen, Rich Ohrnberger and Thomas Welch.
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