Ravens’ Orlando Brown Requests Trade

Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown wants out (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport). Brown recently went public with his desire to play left tackle, and he now says that he’ll only play for a team that will let him play his preferred position. 

Brown did a solid job filling in for Ronnie Stanley in 2020, reaffirming his desire to stay at LT. For most of his career, Brown has played on the opposite side, but he says that his father — former NFL player Orlando Brown — always wanted him to be stationed on the left.

“It’s never been about the money,” Brown wrote. “I’m so appreciative for this organization and all my teammates. I couldn’t thank [GM Eric] DeCosta enough, he’s an incredible football mind and one the best men I know. I want to live out the dream my dad had for me.”

The Ravens furnished Stanley with a five-year, $98.8MM extension in October, so there’s no real room for Brown to get his way in Baltimore. Plenty of teams would be happy to appease the 2018 third-round pick, however. Brown has made the Pro Bowl in each of his last two seasons and, at 6’8″ and 345 pounds, he doesn’t back down from anyone on the edge.

Even with Brown in the picture, the Ravens still need help up front. If the Ravens move the 24-year-old for draft picks, it’s safe to assume that some of that capital will go towards OL reinforcements.

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    • hey I mean you can’t blame the kid. But he definitely does have a passion to be elite you can hear it when he’s interviews. Now personally I dont know if he may be the best suited as a LT without help around him. I could definitely see it coming baxk to hurt him

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      I mean not saying you’re for sure wrong, but I could also see another side to the coin. LT is the most prolific spot on an OL, and there is more recognition that comes with playing it. I could name you a few LTs, but would be hard pressed to name you two RTs without searching.

  1. Chief Two Hands

    Birds do it, bees do it
    Even educated fleas do it
    Let’s do it, let’s request a trade…

  2. gcg27

    It’s all about the money.. ask his agent. But Ravens shouldn’t trade without good picks and or players in return. They don’t need to trade him. Left versatile tackles are almost as valuable as quarterbacks now. Ask Russell Wilson

  3. I Beg To Differ

    Chargers

    Interesting trade Idea

    Chargers get Brown

    Ravens swap draft position with the Chargers rounds 1-4 this year.

    Chargers picks
    13, 45, 77, 97

    Ravens pick
    27, 58, probably a compensatory 3rd, 122

    Ravens move up at least 13 draft spots in rounds 1-4 putting them in better position to fill team needs as opposed to being back end of the round.

    Ravens can always trade out of 13 and hoard draft picks.

    • Kwflanne

      Uhhhhh dude, if you think the chargers are going to get brown for a “swap positioning of picks”…. you are out of your mind haha. The chargers would need to GIVE UP draft picks, not swap positioning and receive those picks in return

      • Michael Chaney

        There’s a pretty big difference between where the Chargers and Ravens are on the board. Moving from 27 to 13, PLUS moving up in each of the next 2-3 rounds is a pretty big deal. If the Ravens don’t bite, it’s at least a really good start.

        If you want to look at it another way, moving from 27 to 13 in the draft would cost a future first and another mid-round pick or two. It’s about what the Chiefs did to move up for Mahomes.

        So in that way, a future first, a mid-rounder, and a few pick swaps in the middle rounds is actually pretty good.

      • The Chargers ARE giving up picks in that scenario. They’re giving up a midround 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and are receiving Brown and a late round 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

      • I Beg To Differ

        Duhhhhhh dude, Brown is in a walk year and needs to be paid top money.

        HAHA you think the Ravens will do better than swapping picks to move up in the draft? You’re delusional.

        Let me simplify the equation for you since reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit.

        chargers get Brown, 27, 58, future 3rd (idk if comp picks can be traded, you know picks after the 3rd round), 122

        Ravens get 13, 45, 77, 97.

        Ravens move up 13+ spots in the draft in rounds 1, 2, 3, 4.

        • Kwflanne

          My reading comprehension is just fine…. tell you what, go ahead and let me know when a team trades for him AND gets the ravens first round pick, second round pick, etc….. simply in exchange for their higher slotted draft picks.

          The ravens will seek ADDITIONAL draft selection in the upper rounds…. they won’t seek to give their current ones away, while also giving away a top tackle. Dude….. just absolutely stupidity. There’s no other way to describe your post there

    • Tatsumaki

      No way I’d do this as a chargers front office. Read online they could do something like mike Williams late rounder for brown and a late rounder swap. Ravens wanted williams out of college and would give them a monster contested ball catcher something that would help just there pure speed.

      • Appalachian_Outlaw

        I think a good Tackle probably has more value than a good WR, but you’re probably not far off. Maybe Brown for Williams and a 4th round pick. I don’t think the Ravens have to send a pick.

      • Mr Goodkat

        Someone would offer more than that. Williams is probably worth what? A 3rd round pick? 2nd tops? Even in a walk year a young LT is worth 1-2 first round picks. Just such a premium position. Wide Receivers are far easier to replace in the draft.

        I wouldn’t doubt the Ravens would be interested in Williams, but you’re probably talking about Williams and a 2nd or Williams and 1st round swap.

    • Tatsumaki

      Would make sense for Rams but I don’t know how realistic for ravens or if they even want woods contract. If Rams did this they could bring in marvin Jones to replace woods.

      • Simmons>Russ

        Ravens need the upgrade at WR, I’d let Matt Judon leave in FA to free up some cap space.

        Have Lamar, Dobbins, Hollywood, Woods, Andrews and that defence.

  4. bobg529

    The NFL is becoming just like the NBA. Guys sign contracts, then they want out. The inmates are running the asylum.

    • joeshmoe11

      And the teams can release them at any time without having to pay the remainder of their contracts. Cuts both ways

      • UGA_Steve

        They might not have to pay them the salary, but teams use a signing bonus as a way to keep the salary down with the expectancy the player fulfills the contract and that still has to be accounted for overall.

        It also affects the team’s salary cap. In addition the cap hit for the bonus stays with the team that originally signed the player, putting them in a hole.

        So while it may sound like it cuts both ways, it really doesn’t. But go on, keep defending this nonsense.

        • cryptonerd

          The % of guarantees is a joke.
          NFL contracts are signed to be voided.

          Acting like the owners don’t get the better deal is silly.

        • jopeness

          I believe teams are prone to entice players with higher SBs due to the fact in the later years it ends up being cheaper to cut the player.

    • Contracts in the NFL mean next to nothing without guarantees. Not sure why the players, who are at a severe disadvantage, are the only ones who ever seem to get criticism from fans regarding breaking contracts.

      • cryptonerd

        Some fans are jealous and think athletes don’t deserve to get paid what the market says they’re worth.

    • dorfmac

      It’s not like he signed a contract and now wants out. He was drafted, had only one option on where to sign, and has played there for almost the full duration of the contract at a pro bowl level.

      As a ravens fan, I’m bummed he wants out, but by no stretch has he been a malcontent or problem during his time.

  5. Yep it is

    That has to be the stupidest reason ever for requesting a trade. What a spoiled brat

    • jopeness

      I think his approach is immensely more positive than 90% of the trade me scenarios of the past several years. We can argue he’s not putting the team first or it seems shallow, I wont argue that, but more than likely his snags have been communicated privately to management and now, since it’s the off season, these events take off

  6. bobg529

    That being said, Giants trade Andrew Thomas and their 2021 1st round pick for Orlando Brown and the Ravens first round pick. I think that trade works for both teams.

  7. bestno5

    I am okay with a guy who wants to play a certain position, that makes sense but to demand a trade to a team that will play him as LT is a bit over the top. That’s not being a good teammate and isn’t good for him or his agent to think that way.

    As for the whole contract thing, I say out all these guys on one year deals since a lot of them seem to change their mind a lot and want out. I realize no players association is going to go for that but these trade demands are growing each and every year. One year deals eliminates that but it also eliminates some of their security but hey that’s their choice.

    • Breezy

      At least it’s a on-field football related demand. We have players over here demanding trades because they couldn’t choose who their coaches would be.

    • GoChargers

      If the team can move on and not live up to the entirety of the contract then why does the player need to do exactly that?

    • Mr Goodkat

      I mean the other option is he sticks it out one more year at RT and then picks his new team as a FA next year. Then the Ravens only get (at most) the 97th pick in the 2023 draft.

      By letting them know what he wants, he’s giving them the option to trade him for much more than that, and in 2021 or 2022 draft capital no less.

      I don’t think he’s being over the top, I think he just sees this is the best case scenario for both parties. There’s probably 15 teams that would gladly take him as their LT, so its not like there wont be a market for him. Tunsil demanded a trade and netted the ‘Phins 2 firsts and a second…

  8. MileHighFan

    Always a good idea to announce your trade demand publicly – not – as your current team then has no trade leverage.

    • UGA_Steve

      It’s not like the player cares if they are really wanting out. If they are using it for leverage maybe, but that is rarely the case.

      The harsh reality is it might be a VERY good idea. You get your wish more often than not … and … your new team would likely have to give up less. Double win for the player.

      NFL should seek adding significant fines for this behavior in the next CBA so the player does have some skin in the game.

      • I assume you’re talking about fining the player for asking to be traded. If you added ‘significant fines for this behavior’ in the next CBA then you can say goodbye to football because the players will strike. They can already be cut without warning or reason, negating their contracts and the money involved. You want owners to reach even further? Then there will be no football.

        Players should already go on strike until they get guaranteed deals like every other major sport. Trying to bully them even further, into not even being allowed to express themselves or talk publicly about something, is a very bad idea.

    • OhthePossibilities

      If the player is in demand and has multiple interested teams, as is the case here, the team doesn’t really lose leverage in a trade scenario. Any interested team will still have to beat every other interested team with their offer. And the demand for LTs is high.

  9. markdavisbarber

    So first off, Orlando Brown clearly isn’t even the best LT on the Ravens. He ended up playing 5 quarters at LT after Ronnie Stanley broke his ankle.

    There is a reason Brown was moved and kept at RT, and I am willing to bet that it will be exposed by week 4 of 2021.

    • OhthePossibilities

      Not sure where you’re getting your info, but it’s bad info. Brown played every snap at LT after Ronnie Stanley went down, including 11 starts.

  10. shortsighted

    OMG senior moment, Bears franchise Allen Robinson and trade him for Brown

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