Laurence Maroney traded to Denver Broncos

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:48 AM CDT

The team confirmed late yesterday evening (Tues., Sept. 14) that St. Louis native Laurence Maroney was traded from the New England Patriots. Maroney will head to the Denver Broncos.

Sources say in return New England will receive Denver's fourth-round pick in 2011, while the Broncos will get a 2011 sixth-round pick from the Patriots in addition to Maroney.

The Patriots said only that the deal involved undisclosed draft considerations.

Maroney, a 2006 first-round pick who struggled to meet expectations in New England in part due to injury, gets a fresh start in Denver under Josh McDaniels, who coached Maroney for three seasons while he was offensive coordinator in New England from 2006 to 2008.

McDaniels, though, isn't the only one on the Broncos' staff familiar with the 25-year-old Maroney. Broncos assistant Ben McDaniels (Josh's brother) was a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota while Maroney starred for the Gophers.

Expectations were high for Maroney after he rushed for a combined 1,580 yards in his first two seasons with the Patriots, scoring a combined 12 touchdowns and averaging 4.4 yards per carry. In 2007, Maroney had five 100-yard games, including two in the playoffs. But a shoulder injury limited him to just three games in 2008.

He was coming off a solid season in 2009, when he rushed for 757 yards and posted career highs in carries (194) and touchdowns (9).

In four seasons with the Patriots, Maroney had 582 carries for 2,430 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 40 passes for 409 yards and a touchdown.

Sources from and the Associated Press contributed to this report.