Pats get upgraded draft pick

Updated: May 8, 2010, 3:07 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

The 2011 draft choice that the New England Patriots received from the New Orleans Saints in a September trade for tight end David Thomas has been bumped up from a seventh-round pick to a sixth-round pick.

Although it wasn't announced when the deal was struck Sept. 5, the trade included conditions that upgraded the draft pick if Thomas reached certain performance marks.

The 26-year-old Thomas turned in the best season of his four-year career, playing in 15 games (eight starts) and ...

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