For the second time this week, Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio have agreed to a trade.
The Patriots are sending Ryan Izzo to the Texans for a seventh-round pick, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. He’ll join Marcus Cannon in Houston, who was traded Sunday in a pick swap.
With the Patriots splurging on Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry, the writing was on the wall that Izzo’s days in Foxborough were numbered — especially given the potential upside of third-round picks Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene.
A seventh-round selection in 2018, Izzo recorded 19 catches for 313 yards and a touchdown across three years in Foxborough. New England’s No. 1 tight end in 2020, Izzo played 62% of the team’s offensive snaps. Asked about Izzo’s increased role last September, Belichick was complimentary.
“Ryan’s always worked hard,” Belichick said. “I mean, he doesn’t say much, he’s a quiet kid, but he always comes to work ready to work with a good attitude and good level of toughness and competitiveness.”