Just minutes later, the Pats made a bigger splash by acquiring the No. 51 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, via a source informed of the move, the Patriots will acquire defensive end Jerel Worthy from the Green Bay Packers in exchange for a conditional late-round draft pick.
Worthy missed all but 14 snaps last season because he was slow to recover from a late 2012 ACL tear. He entered training camp on the roster bubble due to an influx of talent on the defensive side of the ball in Green Bay.
A poor fit for Dom Capers' two-gap scheme, Worthy managed just 2.5 sacks in a part-time role as a rookie.
NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock had a first-round grade on Worthy coming out of Michigan State. Billed as a boom-or-bust prospect, he was viewed as an interior pass rusher with first-step quickness offset by an inconsistent motor.
If Worthy's body cooperates, he has a chance for a rotational role behind Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly and first-round draft pick Dominique Easley. For the price the Patriots are paying, this is a worthwhile project for Bill Belichick.
UPDATE: The trade was finalized Wednesday, per the NFL transaction wire.