The New England Patriots have traded former first round pick Laurence Maroney to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Denver's fourth-round pick in 2011. In addition Denver gets New England's sixth-round pick in 2011.

The Patriots selected Maroney with the 21st overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. 2006 was a big year for running backs with DeAngelo Williams, Joseph Addai, LenDale White, Maurice Jones-Drew, Jerious Norwood, Leon Washington, and Jerome Harrison all being selected after Maroney.

This is one of the few first round picks the Patriots have blown recently, if the Patriots had DeAngelo Williams or Joseph Addai, I don't think one or two super bowls that past 4 season would have been out of the question.`