Three teams who should trade for Orlando Brown following his trade request

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Orlando Brown has asked for a trade. Photo from The Undefeated.

Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown has put in a trade request, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Brown was drafted by the Ravens in 2018 to play right-tackle. Brown excelled in his role within his first three seasons, playing in 48 regular-season games, starting 42 of them.

Half-way through the 2020 campaign, Ravens star left-tackle Ronnie Stanley went down with a season-ending ACL injury. Brown shifted over to the left-tackle and performed admirably. Now, the third-year starter is vying for a move elsewhere to play left-tackle exclusively and be paid accordingly.

Brown is only 24 years old and is on his way to becoming a stud left tackle, meaning that the player will likely cost at least a first-round draft pick.

However, the surge in importance of franchise quarterbacks has made the position of left-tackle, also known as ‘the blindside’, the second most important position on an offence. As a result, despite the steep cost, Brown will certainly have a market.

Here are three teams that should trade for Ravens tackle Orlando Brown.

Colts

With the retirement of stalwart left-tackle Anthony Costanzo this past season, the Indianapolis Colts would do well to go from one premier left-tackle to another.

The position of left-tackle is of such importance that Colts head coach Frank Reich won’t rule out moving stellar left-guard and future hall of farmer Quenton Nelson to tackle.


The acquisition of Brown would prevent the Colts from moving the best guard in the NFL to a position he is unfamiliar with as well as securing the blindside for their unnamed quarterback in 2021.

Colts fans are still reeling from losing the future of their franchise to injury with the shock retirement of Andrew Luck on the eve of the 2019 season. Whether its Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson or a rookie selection, the Colts know better than anyone, the insurance of keeping your quarterback upright is crucial.

Seahawks

‘I’m frustrated with getting hit too much’ Russell Wilson recently told the media on Tuesday. Those seven words should strike fear into the hearts of everyone involved in the Seattle Seahawks organisation.

Per Ben Baldwin on Twitter, since Wilson was drafted in 2012, the Seahawks have never finished above 18th in pass block grade, even ranking so low as 32nd in 2016 and 30th four times in nine years.

Wilson has a right to be upset.

While the Seahawks currently do have veteran Duane Brown protecting Wilson’s blindside, Brown is currently 35. With the mobility that quarterbacks now possess, the Seahawks front office should now be operating with the belief that Wilson can, and will, request a trade if his demands are not met.

Securing a young, stud left-tackle for the duration of Wilson’s career would go a long way to easing any qualms Wilson’s currently holds against the Seahawks. It should also help the Seahawks on the field as well.

Chiefs

This may be a slight over-reaction to the events in Super Bowl 55, however, the Chiefs clearly have work to do along the offensive line.

Veteran left tackle Eric Fisher is in the last year of his contract and coming off of an Achilles injury. The Chiefs would do well to be proactive and find Fisher’s replacement before it becomes a real problem.

The Chiefs problems along their offensive line were evident against Tampa Bay.  Mahomes was under duress on 29 of his 56 dropbacks, being sacked 3 times and hurried 8 times. Moreover, the quarterback had to scramble for 497 yards before releasing the ball.

After investing $500 million into their stud quarterback, the insurance of protecting him should be near priceless in terms of trade compensation. Instead of selecting another fast receiver or running back with the 31st overall pick, Chiefs GM Brett Veach should seriously consider sending that pick, and whatever else Baltimore requests, to the Ravens.

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Matthew is an MA history student at Swansea University. He is an avid supporter of the San Francisco 49ers and Liverpool FC. Twitter: @MatthewJBowen7

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