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Bill Belichick Believes Trent Brown Is At ‘A Much Higher Point’ In Second Tour With New England Patriots

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 1, 2021

There were 1,047 days between the trades for Trent Brown.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick believes the towering offensive tackle is at a “higher point” in his return.

“I think Trent’s experience has given him a much higher level of leadership, communication,” Belichick told reporters during his press conference on Saturday. “He’s just able to do more both on and off the field. Has a lot more experience. Has more experience in our system, which is a big factor. He didn’t have that in 2018 and we haven’t changed things a lot.”

New England initially acquired Brown from the San Francisco 49ers in an exchange of No. 95 overall and No. 143 overall in the 2018 NFL draft. Then this March, the organization did so again in a deal with the Las Vegas Raiders that saw fifth-round and seventh-round selections in 2022 change hands.

“I think he’s comfortable with all the communication and techniques and adjustments and so forth,” added Belichick. “That wasn’t the case the beginning of 2018, nor would you expect it to be for any player that’s new to our program. He’s way ahead of where he was, and that maturity and experience has manifested itself in positive leadership and I would say insight for other players. He’s been with three organizations. And again, he has some good perspective on a lot of things, especially the New England Patriots.”

Brown, listed at 6-foot-8, 380 pounds, had started every game at left tackle for the Patriots during his first tour. From the season opener against the Houston Texans through Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams, he played north of 1,300 offensive snaps. Along the way were a trio of sacks and a dozen quarterback hits allowed, per Pro Football Focus, all while Brown posted a run-blocking grade of 69.8.

He earned a base salary of $1.907 million that year to close out his rookie contract.

The product of Georgia Military College and the University of Florida is now back after starting 16 games at right tackle for the Raiders, with whom he had signed a four-year, $66 million contract carrying $36.75 million guaranteed.

Brown’s Pro Bowl season of 2019 ended on injured reserve due to a pectoral injury. And this past season spanned a handful appearances due to a calf and knee issues, stints on the Covid-19 reserve list and a pregame IV that required hospitalization after air entered his bloodstream.

“I’m just glad to be back,” Brown told the media following Patriots practice on Friday. “Enjoying the process, getting coached every day, because I feel like I can always get better.”

It’s on the right side that the 28-year-old projects to remain in 2021. Brown worked out with former Cincinnati Bengals right tackle Willie Anderson, a four-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro, during the gap between mandatory minicamp and training camp. He is now set to bookend a starting five in New England that includes Isaiah Wynn at left tackle, Mike Onwenu and Shaq Mason at guard and team captain David Andrews at center.

“Some of the young O-linemen, I try to give them my two cents, what little knowledge I do have to offer,” Brown said. “But pretty much everybody is just willing to work. That’s it. Putting the work in.”

Renegotiated terms will see Brown earn a guaranteed base salary of $6.5 million in 2021 before he’s scheduled to become a free agent next spring. Along with a $500,000 weight bonus, Brown can earn up to $2 million in cumulative per-game active bonuses and an additional $2 million in the form of incentives. According to OverTheCap.com, his cap number ranks fifth on the New England roster.

But familiarity is a value of its own.

“He’s becoming very experienced and well-respected, not just for his physical talent, but for all the other things that he does,” Belichick said. “That’s something he gained over the course of the 2018 season, but he’s starting from a much higher point now.”

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