It is always interesting how a certain event can create new situations that were not thought of before. That is exactly what happened to the Baltimore Ravens last season.
Ravens Left Tonnie Ronnie Stanley signed a five-year deal for $ 98.7 million to protect quarterback Lamar Jackson's blindside. Stanley was regarded as one of the top left tackles in the NFL. On the other side of Stanley was right-back Orlando Brown Jr., who was entering his third season. The Ravens picked Brown in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft and switched him to the right attack, as Stanley was already deployed in the left attack. Baltimore felt that there were an excellent pair of young bookend tackles to cement their offensive as they would for years to come.
Disaster then broke out when Stanley suffered a broken ankle against the Pittsburgh Steelers in November that put him on the list of injured reserves. Brown was moved to the left and settled to stabilize the Ravens offensive line.
“Orlando had a great year this year. Losing Ronnie Stanley was definitely a tough business for the offensive line. I think Orlando did a great job and I think the offensive line in general has really faced some adversity this year, "said Eric DeCosta, Ravens general manager, in January. Last year was Brown's first left-handed experience since serving as a pre-eminent offensive lineman in Oklahoma.
"I'm still far from playing my best ball. And next year I'll get there or closer. I'm very motivated to be the best I can be, as an individual, to get us in the best position Brown said after Baltimore's loss to the Buffalo Bills in the divisional playoffs.
Now Brown wants to stay on the left, a position that usually warrants a higher salary than the right tackle. It's no coincidence that Brown wants to make this permanent move in his fourth season, his contract year.
Brown expressed his wish on Twitter. "I'm a leftist attacker," tweeted Brown on January 29, 2021.
Stanley is well on its way to returning sometime this year, so there's no long-term option for Brown to play left-attack. This creates a kind of pickle for DeCosta who once wanted to sign Brown for years to come in order to figure out the right course of action.
Now that force area could be weakened because Brown is not playing properly. DeCosta can knock and let Brown play on the left until Stanley returns, but that's only a short fix. And it could build Brown's potential knowing that his time in left tackle is temporary.
The more likely scenario would be a deal with a team looking for a young offensive lineman to be their left attacker. The Jacksonville Jaguars, San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Chargers, and Washington Football Team make sense as trading partners for the Ravens.
Trading with Brown would save the Ravens $ 2.4 million in space. That's not a lot, but every little bit counts for a team like the Ravens faced with a cap issue and with several free agents who need to be re-signed.
For three years Brown followed in the footsteps of his father Orlando "Zeus" Brown, who played the right tackle for the Ravens from 1996 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2005. Now he wants to fulfill his lifelong dream of playing the left tackle in the NFL.
Will the ravens grant him his wish?