Orlando Brown Jr. wanting to play left tackle has been the biggest offseason news for the Baltimore Ravens. After Ronnie Stanley suffered a season ending injury, Orlando Brown Jr. moved from right tackle to left tackle. Now, he doesn’t want to go back.
A franchise left tackle does normally get paid anywhere from $3-5 million more per year than a franchise right tackle. Orlando Brown Jr. is heading into the final year of his rookie contract, but he claims it is not about the money. Brown says the reason behind wanting to play left tackle is because that is what his father wanted him to do.
Ultimately, the Ravens may choose to keep him. Orlando Brown Jr. is not going to sit out the season because if he does, he would become a restricted free agent next offseason. Furthermore, he would probably want to play his best football to ensure that he gets a huge deal when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
How old is Orlando Brown Jr.?
That is a good question. He is only 24 years old. So, the fact that he has already made the Pro Bowl 2 out of 3 seasons at 24, makes his value increase. Brown could easily be a franchise left tackle for almost any team, besides those of course that already have one.
There are many teams in need of Orlando Brown Jr.’s services. But what teams are the most realistic trade partners for Orlando Brown Jr. and the Baltimore Ravens?
Miami Dolphins could trade for Orlando Brown Jr.
At this point in time, let’s just say that Tua Tagovailoa is the starting quarterback of the future for the Miami Dolphins. Whether or not they trade for Deshaun Watson or draft another quarterback remains to be seen. With that being said, the Dolphins turned their team around last season. They went from 5-11 in 2019 to 10-6 in 2020 and only missing the playoffs by one game.
However, if they want to be a true playoff contender, the Dolphins are going to have to get better in the trenches. As we all saw in the Super Bowl, the rest of your offense can be great, but if the line isn’t that good, you aren’t going to win when it matters. Just ask the Kansas City Chiefs.
General Manager Chris Grier did start to work on this last season. He drafted Austin Jackson (LT) and Robert Hunt (RT) in the first and second rounds of the NFL Draft. But Jackson finished with a 52.3 PFF grade (37th out of 38 left tackles). And Hunt finished with a 65.8 grade (20th out of 38 right tackles). Neither player’s production is screaming irreplaceable.
The Dolphins could trade for Orlando Brown Jr. and ask Jackson to line up at right tackle. Then, Hunt could slide inside to guard, which he actually played in College. These moves would immediately improve the Miami Dolphins’ offensive line.
What would this Orlando Brown Jr. to Miami Dolphins trade look like?
Well, the Dolphins have plenty of draft picks to use as trade ammo with 4 picks in the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. But they may have something even better: a potential number one receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, DeVante Parker.
In 2019, Parker had 72 receptions for 1,202 yards and 9 touchdowns. At 6’3″ 216 lbs, Parker has the size that Baltimore needs in their starting wide receiver group. DeVante Parker actually played at Louisville, just like Lamar Jackson. He left in 2014, right before Lamar Jackson got there. So, the world would get to see what that could have looked like if they were there at the same time.
The trade makes sense because Tua Tagovailoa and DeVante Parker don’t have the same conenction as Parker and Ryan Tannehill did. DeVante Parker still finished with 63 receptions for 793 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns in 2020, though. But most NFL mock drafts have the Dolphins selecting a wide receiver, either JaMarr Chase or DeVonta Smith with their #3 overall pick.
Either one of those wide receivers could step in and start next to new Dolphins’ free agent acquisition Will Fuller. The only real issue is that because of the extension that the Dolphins gave Parker in 2019, they would save more if they trade after June 1st. But would Baltimore be willing to take 2022 picks instead of 2021 picks? Or would the Dolphins be willing to save less money, ($4 million instead of $9.5).
Trade: DeVante Parker and 2022 2nd and 5th round picks for Orlando Brown Jr. and 2022 6th round pick.
I am not against the Ravens keeping Orlando Brown Jr. I don’t want them to create another void if they don’t have to. Also, I am completely content with them bringing in a guy like Sammy Watkins and focusing on the other positional needs that they have. But if they do make the trade, it should be a trade that involves draft pick(s) and fills another void.
Note: Watkins will be visiting the Ravens tomorrow, March 23rd, 2021.
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