Broncos acquire Laurence Maroney from Patriots (updated 9pm ET)

The DP is reporting the trade. Denver sends a 4th-rounder to New England in exchange for Maroney and a 6th-rounder. Interesting, to say the least. Laurence Maroney of course, was drafted in the same round as Jay Cutler. After the draft, Shanny claimed he was going to take Maroney had he not been able to swing the trade up to take Cutler. He also claimed that Maroney would turn out to be the best RB in the ‘06 Draft, and although he’s been productive at times, he has not lived up to the billing.

Maroney missed the Patriots’ season opener with a thigh injury which also kept him out of two preseason games. Best guess at this point is that Andre Brown gets waived to make room for Maroney on the roster.

Over the course of his 4 NFL seasons, Maroney has played in 45 games, with 582 carries, 2,430 yards rushing, 4.2 YPA and 21 rushing TDs. He’s also made 40 receptions for 409 yards and 1 TD. In terms of that 2006 Draft, three players chosen after him have had significantly better careers thus far - Maurice Jones-Drew, DeAngelo Williams and Joseph Addai. This same draft produced Reggie Bush (who just forfeited his Heisman) and our own LenDale White.

Here is Maroney’s profile on the Pat’s website, while it’s still there…

In other moves today, Brandon Stokley was released after agreeing to an injury settlement, while Jeff Stehle and Titus Brown were added to the practice squad. Meanwhile, Lionel Dotson was signed off the practice squad by Miami and Worrell Williams was released from the practice squad.

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