The Kansas City Chiefs have found a new left tackle, swinging a blockbuster trade for Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowler Orlando Brown Jr. on Friday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the details of the Brown trade, as the Ravens will receive Kansas City’s first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft as part of a huge haul:
Brown began his career at right tackle in Baltimore and thrived at the position. However, he made it well-known that he wanted to move to the left side, following in the footsteps of his late, great father who starred in the NFL. That wasn’t going to be possible with the Ravens, who already have an elite left tackle in Ronnie Stanley in place.
The Chiefs are getting a phenomenal talent in Brown who’s still only 24 years old, and filling an important void. They released Eric Fisher this offseason after he tore his Achilles in the AFC Championship Game. Without Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz for Super Bowl LV, Kansas City was overwhelmed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ pass rush in a 31-9 loss.
Getting a blind-side protector for franchise QB Patrick Mahomes was going to be a huge priority entering the draft for the Chiefs. Instead of counting on a rookie to fill that role, they wisely paid up for a proven veteran in Brown.
While Baltimore probably didn’t want to do business with a fellow AFC championship contender in an ideal scenario, the ability to acquire so much draft capital was too good to pass up.
The Ravens could definitely be in the market to move up in the first round, either for a playmaker to help Lamar Jackson or an edge defender to compensate for some of their free-agent losses.