Patriots trade DB Jordan Richards to Falcons

Strong safety Jordan Richards (37) started five games in 2017 for the New England Patriots.Photo Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots trade defensive back Jordan Richards to Falcons on Friday for seventh-round pick in 2020.

The New England Patriots traded defensive back Jordan Richards to the Atlanta Falcons on Friday.

The Falcons sent a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to New England in exchange for Richards, Atlanta announced on its official website.

Richards appeared in 16 games, making five starts, for the Patriots in 2017 and recorded a career-high 22 tackles. He had one forced fumble and one pass defensed. He also played in all three postseason games and added five total tackles and one special teams tackle.

A second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Stanford, Richards started two of 11 games as a rookie, collecting 20 tackles. He was a sparse contributor in 2016, not recording a tackle in 11 games.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Richards appeared in at least 13 games in each of his four seasons at Stanford.

Richards had three interceptions in each of his last three seasons with the Cardinal and established a career high with 80 tackles as a senior.

For his career at Stanford, Richards notched 245 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, nine pass defenses, nine interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack.

The Falcons open their season Thursday night at defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia.

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