Raiders trade CB Trayvon Mullen to Cardinals

Aug 30, 2022, 12:21 PM | Updated: 1:38 pm

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to acquire cornerback Trayvon Mullen from the Las Vegas Raiders on Tuesday, Mullen’s agent told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport adds that Arizona is dealing a conditional seventh-round choice to Las Vegas that could become a sixth-rounder depending on Mullen’s playing time. It was expected Mullen would have been released Tuesday by the cut deadline, Rapoport reported.

Mullen, a second-round pick (40th overall) in 2019, has 37 games of experience under his belt but missed all but five games in 2021 with foot and toe injuries.

He started all five games last year before the injuries, all 16 games in 2020 and 10 as a rookie in 2019.

Mullen was a college teammate of Cardinals star backer Isaiah Simmons at Clemson.

In 2020, his last full season, Mullen recorded 64 tackles with 14 passes defensed and an interception. He has four picks over his career.

Cornerback has been one of the thinnest positions for Arizona this offseason, and changes to the position group were necessary after the team cut veteran Josh Jackson and youngster Jace Whittaker well before the roster was reduced to 53 players on Tuesday.

While Byron Murphy Jr. was a lock to start entering the offseason, the depth behind him has been murky at best.

Free-agent addition Jeff Gladney looked to have a legitimate shot at taking over No. 2 cornerback duties but was tragically killed in a car accident this offseason.

Marco Wilson, who logged 13 starts as a rookie last year, underwhelmed across training camp and the preseason. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury during camp pinpointed Wilson as someone who needed to show he could be an every-down starter.

Then there’s Antonio Hamilton, who was pegged as the No. 2 cornerback earlier this month by Kingsbury. He is dealing with an undisclosed injury, and his status for Week 1’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 11 is in question.

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