The long-awaited Orlando Brown trade has finally gone through. The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed a trade with the Baltimore Ravens to acquire the Pro Bowl OT.
Kansas City is giving up its first in next week’s draft. Baltimore will also receive picks number 94 and 136 and a fifth-round pick in 2022. The Chiefs receive Brown, a 2021 second and a 22 sixth-round selection.
Brown is a rising star at the position. He’s been a Pro Bowler on the right and the left. He now gets to protect the most valuable asset in the NFL, and arguably in all of professional sports. Patrick Mahomes will be celebrating this trade as much as anyone this Friday.
It’s no overstatement to say Brown has it all. The speed, the strength, the footwork, Brown is a talent who is already an elite player, and could ascend even further working with these Chiefs. While current reports claim no contract has been agreed, staying long-term with Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill has to be a tempting option for any player.
Impact of Brown trade
This is another statement of intent from the Chiefs. The offensive line let them down last season. It was obviously an offseason priority, but there’s no downplaying how impressive this has been. The Brown trade is just the latest move. They re-signed Mike Remmers, and picked up Kyle Long and Joe Thuney in free agency.
It’s win-now. It’s giving up future flexibility and picks to enhance their chances in 2022, but that’s what teams in the Chiefs’ position should be doing. There are reasons for skepticism, reasons to wonder if it’s too high a price, but Brown is way better than any player they would have picked up with the 31st pick.
The Chiefs have delivered on their promise to improve the offensive line. Mahomes can have no complaints about their offseason so far.
Kansas City is serious about winning another Super Bowl, and they’ve improved their chances with this trade.