The New Orleans Saints have traded Jalen Saunders to the New England Patriots for a conditional draft pick, according to a source.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news first.
The conditional pick would depend on Saunders’ playing time with New England.
Saunders emerged as a return option for the Saints late last season, taking a kickoff back 99 yards against Atlanta and averaging 11 yards per return on nine punt returns.
Marcus Murphy‘s emergence as a return man — Saints coach Sean Payton has already said Murphy will make the team — made Saunders expendable, and the Saints did a good job getting something for the return man.