FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots have reportedly traded tight end Jonnu Smith to the Atlanta Falcons in a move aimed at freeing up cap space ahead of the launch of free agency this week.
“A former big-ticket free agent heads elsewhere and creates space for New England,” Ian Rapoport said in a tweet.
It's for a 7th rounder, source said. Arthur Smith lands an old friend. https://t.co/p8Rm4VtoWM— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2023
New England signed Smith to a four-year, $50 million deal in March 2021.
In two seasons with the Patriots, Smith racked up 55 catches for 539 yards and just a single touchdown.
The official start time for the new league year is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday. Once that time hits, teams are free to talk with and sign free agents.
Atlanta is sending New England a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for Smith.
From Free Agency Frenzy: The #Falcons traded for Jonnu Smith, but please show the #Titans highlights, not the #Patriots highlights, when you discuss this. pic.twitter.com/2NfdoflqQy— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2023
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