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Report: Patriots Trade for O-Linemen Jermaine Eluemunor, Korey Cunningham

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle Korey Cunningham (79) looks to make a block on Cardinals linebacker Cameron Malveaux (94) during an NFL football training camp practice Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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The New England Patriots reportedly acquired offensive linemen Jermaine Eluemunor and Korey Cunningham in separate trades Wednesday. 

Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reported news of the Baltimore Ravens' trade of Eluemunor to New England, while Cunningham announced his move in a since-deleted Instagram post.

"Arizona!! Man, it's been a fun year and a half out in the desert!" Cunningham wrote. "Thank you to Mr. [Bidwill], 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!!”

Field Yates of ESPN reported the Patriots sent a sixth-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for Cunningham. On Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported New England sent a fourth-round draft pick to Baltimore in exchange for Eluemunor and a sixth-round selection.

Eluemunor, 24, has spent the last two seasons in Baltimore after being a 2017 fifth-round pick. He's appeared in 17 games and started three, moving between the guard and tackle spots. The Ravens signed him as an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason.

Cunningham, 24, was a 2018 seventh-round pick of the Cardinals and started six games during his rookie season. He suffered a foot injury late in the season that wound up forcing him to injured reserve.

The Patriots trading for two linemen this late in camp signals Bill Belichick's dissatisfaction with their offensive line depth. Eluemunor and Cunningham seem like strong bets to make the final roster as backups and special teamers, with Cunningham, in particular, being one injury away from stepping into the lineup.