Orlando Brown, Jr. wants to play left tackle. He tweeted as much in January, and when he realized the Baltimore Ravens would leave him at right tackle, he asked them for permission to seek a trade.
Brown, who was drafted by the Ravens in 2018, stepped in for injured left tackle Ronnie Stanley, who had locked down the left side prior to his arrival, opening the door for Brown’s return to left tackle for the first time since playing in the 2018 Rose Bowl.
NFL Network reported that Brown and his agents approached the Ravens last month to ask permission to seek a trade, and the Ravens said they’d do what was best for the team. They have since granted Brown and his agents permission to talk to other teams about a deal.
NFL Network reports there are “ongoing conversations” about a deal with various teams and that a new contract — Brown is heading into the final year of his rookie deal — would be part of the package.
Neither Brown nor his representatives wanted to identify the teams when speaking with NFL Network, though sources indicate that there are six of them.
Brown, who is slated to earn $3.384 million in the final year of his current contract, said a new contract with his next team would be part of the trade process.
Brown played left tackle at Oklahoma before going to Baltimore and said his father Orlando Brown, who also played for the Ravens, told him “not to settle” and to “put yourself in better positions than I did.”
“He always told me, ‘Don’t settle for playing right tackle,'” Brown Jr. said, recalling his late father’s comments to him. “‘Make sure that when it comes time and you get to every level, you’re playing left.'”
NFL Network reports all parties appear confident a deal will get done to send Brown elsewhere for his fourth NFL season.
“It’s a situation where Baltimore knows my plan isn’t to play right tackle,” Brown said. “I feel more comfortable on the left side. That’s where I had played my whole life [before joining the Ravens]. I’m a better left tackle than right tackle.”