FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots traded offensive tackle Brandon Gorin to the Arizona Cardinals today in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice.
Gorin, 28, is in his fifth NFL season and was originally drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh round (201st overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-6-inch, 308-pound offensive lineman was listed as a gameday inactive for all 16 games as a rookie with the Chargers in 2001. He was released by the Chargers following their 2002 training camp and was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Sept. 5, 2002. The Muncie, Ind. native spent the remainder of the 2002 season on New England's practice squad and was signed to the Patriots' active roster on Jan. 6, 2003. He made his NFL debut in 2003 for the Patriots and played in six regular season games and two playoff contests that season. In 2004, the Purdue product broke into the starting lineup at right tackle, starting 10 of 14 games and all three playoff contests as New England allowed just 26 sacks and averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry for the first time in 19 years. Last season, he played in 12 games at right tackle and started the final eight contests of the regular season in addition to both of New England's playoff games. He has played in played in 32 career games with 18 starts.