Trent Brown Takes Shot at Patriots After Malik Cunningham's Exit

The Patriots offensive tackle didn't mince any words following quarterback Malik Cunningham's signing with the Baltimore Ravens.
Trent Brown clearly isn't happy that the Patriots allowed Malik Cunningham to get away.
Trent Brown clearly isn't happy that the Patriots allowed Malik Cunningham to get away. / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown isn't happy about losing Malik Cunningham to the Baltimore Ravens.

After the Ravens signed Cunningham off the Patriots' practice squad, Brown took to social media to voice his displeasure in a not-so-subtle way. The veteran blocker simply posted a picture of the quarterback to his Instagram stories along with the caption, "Go flourish where your talent is respected."

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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Brown was taking a shot at the Patriots coaching staff. In fact, a lot of the fanbase is likely feeling a similar way given the organization's QB struggles this season.

After going undrafted at the 2023 NFL Draft, the Patriots offered Cunningham a chance to pave his way to the NFL. The former Louisville product didn't get a ton of looks in the preseason, but he still managed to showcase that he could do a bit of everything, completing 3-of-6 passes for 19 yards, turning six carries into another 39 and a touchdown, and even tallying a 21-yard kick return.

But despite his solid exhibition showing and the Pats' QB woes, Bill Belichick & co. never gave Cunningham much of a chance once the regular season rolled around. He mainly operated as the team's emergency quarterback and only appeared for six snaps in Week 6 loss to the LA Rams.

Although New England is playing well with Bailey Zappe under center, it's surprising that Cunningham didn't get a look during Mac Jones' struggles. After all, the undrafted rookie's ability to throw and rush the ball could've injected some life in a Patriots offense that was held to single digits five times between Weeks 4 and 13.

It'll be interesting to see if Cunningham does flourish in Baltimore, as Brown hopes. The 25-year-old has a similar skillset as Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, who he also played with at Louisville during the 2017 college football season.

It also wouldn't be shocking if Baltimore gave Cunningham a look towards the end of the year if the team can lock up the AFC's No. 1 seed over the next few weeks.

For now, let's just how that the Patriots don't wind up looking fools down the line for letting Cunningham go so easily.

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