The Bucs traded veteran linebacker Jonathan Casillas to the New England Patriots, the team announced. Per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, via a source involved with the deal, the Patriots gave up their 2015 fifth-round pick for Casillas and a sixth-round pick.
Casillas, 27, has started 15 of 55 career games across five seasons in New Orleans and Tampa.
Battling hamstring and groin injures, he has yet to play a defensive snap in October. Casillas was a rotational player early in the season, playing roughly half of the snaps at strongside linebacker.
The swap gives the Patriots insurance but doesn’t measurably improve their roster.