FOXBORO -- The Patriots have completed a trade with the Packers for defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, according to a tweet from Worthy’s agent Chafie Fields.
Worthy is a 6-foot-2, 304-pounder with 15 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble in two seasons in Green Bay. The 24-year-old played in just two games last season when he was limited due to injury. He was taken in the second round of the 2012 draft with the 51st overall pick.
Per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots will send a late-round pick to the Packers in exchange for Worthy. The trade is contingent on Worthy passing a physical -- something that could prove to be a legitimate hurdle. ESPN's Rob Deomovsky says that Worthy has yet to practice in training camp because of a back injury, which conflicts with Rapoport's claim that Worthy is healthy.
Demovsky also reports that the trade will occur only if Worthy makes the 53-man roster.
With the trade for Worthy, the Patriots have gone after two defensive linemen on Tuesday. They also traded for defensive tackle Ben Bass, sending corner Justin Green to the Cowboys in return. The moves could signal that injured defensive tackles Sealver Siliga (hand) and Chris Jones (ankle) -- both of whom were injured last week -- will be out for extended periods of time.
New England's depth in the middle of their defensive line is a bit tenuous at the moment with both Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly coming off of season-ending injuries and rookie first-rounder Dominique Easley still limited as he makes his way back off of ACL surgery. Joe Vellano, Marcus Forston, Eathyn Manumaleuna, LT Tuipulotu and Zach Moore have all seen action on the interior of the Patriots defensive line during training camp, and the additions of Worthy and Bass give the group two more options.