In an effort to bolster their roster before Week 1, the New England Patriots have acquired Korey Cunningham in a trade. The offensive tackle was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
New England knew it needed to add depth to its offensive line. However, the position of need for the team is at center.
Earlier in the week, the Patriots revealed that center David Andrews is dealing with blood clots in his lungs. His season is in jeopardy as of now.
The Patriots didn’t add help to the interior of their offensive line, but they did add another option at offensive tackle. Cunningham announced on Instagram that Arizona has traded him to the defending champions.
According to ESPN reporter Mike Reiss, the Patriots are expected to send a sixth-round pick to the Cardinals for Cunningham. The coaching staff views him as swing tackle for their rushing attack.
With Cunningham projected to be on the team for Week 1 of the regular season, Dan Skipper and Cole Croston will have an uphill battle to make the roster.
Per @FieldYates, the Patriots are expected to send a sixth-round pick to Arizona for OL Korey Cunningham. That is an indication they expect Cunningham to be on their 53-man roster as a likely swing tackle. That primarily impacts Dan Skipper and Cole Croston on the current roster.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 28, 2019
After weeks of Patriots trade rumors, the front office finally struck a deal.
Cunningham isn’t going to be an immediate impact player for New England, but it never hurts to add depth in the trenches.