Thin at offensive line, Cardinals trade for Pats' Gorin

Moving to bolster their offensive line, and to compensate for the absence of starting right tackle Oliver Ross, the Arizona Cardinals on Monday acquired four-year veteran Brandon Gorin from the New England Patriots, ESPN.com has learned.

The Patriots will receive a conditional choice in the 2007 draft.

Arizona has been actively seeking to acquire a veteran offensive tackle and had recent conversations with a number of teams before striking the deal with the Patriots on Monday afternoon. The projected starter, Ross is expected to miss 2-4 more weeks after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee.

In last weekend's preseason game, three-year veteran Jeremy Bridges, who is more suited to playing guard, was the starter at right tackle.

Gorin, 28, will provide the Cardinals an experienced player at the position and will reduce the urgency to rush Ross back into action. The former Purdue standout has appeared in 31 games, with 18 starts. Although he played sparingly early in his career, appearing in just six games in his first two seasons, Gorin started 10 games at right tackle in 2004 and eight games in 2005.

Originally chosen by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh round of the 2001 draft, he spent his rookie year on the team's practice squad, then was released in the summer of 2002. He was on the New England practice squad that year before making the active roster in 2003.

The 6-foot-6, 308-pound Gorin is a solid run-blocker and has improved his pass-blocking skills over the last two seasons.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.