Lions waive Michael Roberts after trade with Patriots is rescinded

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The Lions won’t be getting a 2020 seventh-round pick from the Patriots in exchange for tight end Michael Roberts.

Detroit sent Roberts to New England in exchange for a conditional draft choice on Thursday, but the trade is off. The Lions announced that Roberts was returned to their roster on Friday and that they subsequently waived him.

There’s no word on why the trade was rescinded, but it’s possible Roberts didn’t pass a physical with the Patriots that would have made the deal official.

Whatever the case, the move leaves New England with Benjamin Watson, Matt LaCosse, Stephen Anderson, Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck at tight end. Watson will be suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season.

Roberts was a 2017 fourth-round pick by the Lions. He has 13 catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns in 23 career games.

5 responses to “Lions waive Michael Roberts after trade with Patriots is rescinded

  1. Long Time Lions Fan. Roberts has good size but got no separation and would run horrible routes. He didn’t fight for the ball either. His route running and lack of finish led to turnovers on more than one occasion. Stafford had no trust in Roberts by seasons end. Not surprised here.

  2. I watched Roberts in college. He wasn’t very polished but you could tell he had the abilities to be good. He was just going to need good coaching and be groomed. I am not sure what happened but something soured. He should have been a contributor in his 3rd year. Instead out of the job.

  3. Seems likely he is picked up off waivers. Assuming, that whatever he can do to get in shape/healthy is not fatal flaw and he is getting to it. It’s true that If picked up off waivers, teams can quickly access for themselves if he is worth taking a flyer out on him. Letting him get all the way down the waiver wire to Patriots would be a mistake, even if you end up waiving him a few days later.

  4. It’s really sad to watch these pathetic Lions fans breakdown their teams failures in player management. Just depressing, miserable football in Detroit.

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