In a large trade between AFC powers, the Baltimore Ravens sent Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr.. to the Kansas City Chiefsannounced the Chiefs on Friday. The deal also gives Baltimore an additional first-round selection, sources said Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The ravens acquire three picks in the next week NFL draft – a first round (No. 31 overall), a third round (No. 94) and a quarter-finalist (No. 136) – as well as a selection for the fifth round in 2022, according to sources.
The Chiefs kick off the left hand in Brown. Kansas City will also receive Baltimore’s second-round election (# 58 overall) in 2021 and a sixth-place finish in 2022, according to sources.
Baltimore has been open to trading with Brown since he tweeted on Jan. 29, “I’m a LEFT tackle.” Brown, who filled out because of an injured left tackle Ronnie Stanley for the last 11 games last season showed that his late father wanted him to play left attack and that he wanted to fulfill that dream.
According to one source, the Ravens have expressed confidence that they can replace Brown with a free agent Alexander Villanuevaalthough another source later added that the team has no expectations of the seasoned lineman and will consider all options, including draft, to fill the position. Villanueva, a six-year starting shot for the Pittsburgh Steelersvisited the ravens on Thursday.
Brown, who will turn 25 on May 2, has started 42 games for Baltimore since being selected in the third round in the 2018 draft. According to Pro Football Focus, he didn’t allow sacks or quarterback hits in 700 snapshots of the left tackle last season.
He is one of four offensive tackles that have been selected for the Pro Bowl in the last two seasons David Bakhtiari, Terron Armstead and Laremy Tunsil. He has a Pass Block win rate of 91.3% for the past two seasons, ranking 12th among all offensive tackles, according to ESPN Pass Block Metrics, which are supported by NFL Next Gen Stats.
Brown received ringing confirmation on his way out of Baltimore from the defensive end Calais Campbell, WHO tweeted“Chiefs are getting a sincere beast. Great teammate. The guy you look forward to fighting with.”
The Chiefs will have a completely new starting offensive line from the start of last season. Before that, they signed Joe Thuney, Kyle Long and Austin Blythe as free agents. They expect too Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Lucas Niang back this season after opting out in 2020 on COVID-19 reasons. Everyone will at least fight for starting places.
One thing is certain: Brown starts on the left tackle. The Chiefs have had a hole in this position since the longtime starter was released Eric Fisher earlier in the off-season.
Adam Teicher from ESPN contributed to this report.