The Arizona Cardinals traded offensive tackle Korey Cunningham to the New England Patriots for a sixth-round draft pick Wednesday, ESPN reported.
Cunningham announced on social media that he’d been dealt to the Patriots, who need a swing tackle behind starters Isaiah Wynn and Marcus Cannon.
“Arizona!! Man, it’s been a fun year and a half out in the desert!” Cunningham wrote. “Thank you to (team president Michael Bidwill), (general manager) Steve Keim, and the Cardinals organization for allowing me to start off my career here. Wish you guys nothing but the best of luck this season!
“With that being said, I was just notified that I have been traded to the New England Patriots. Beyond excited to continue my career and to get back to work!!”
Later Wednesday, the Patriots also acquired offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor from the Baltimore Ravens for an undisclosed draft pick.
Arizona took Cunningham, 24, in the seventh round of the 2018 draft out of Cincinnati, and he was forced into action as a rookie when starter D.J. Humphries was injured. In six starts at left tackle, Cunningham committed four holding penalties but allowed only 1.5 sacks, per STATS LLC.
He had been listed as the second-team right tackle on the Cardinals’ most recent depth chart.
Eluemunor, 24, was a fifth-round pick by Baltimore in 2017 and played in 17 games (three starts) through two seasons. He was given a chance to win the starting left guard job entering camp but battled injuries and inconsistency.
Wynn, a 2018 first-round pick who missed his rookie year due to a torn Achilles, is expected to start on Tom Brady’s blind side, with Cannon remaining on the right. The Patriots lost tackles Trent Brown and LaAdrian Waddle in free agency in March and then had free agent signee Jared Veldheer opt to retire in May.