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T ORLANDO BROWN JR. → JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS FOR A 2021 1ST (#25 VIA RAMS), 2021 5TH (#158 VIA BROWNS FROM S RONNIE HARRISON TRADE)
Ravens Cap Implications: $216,340 in dead money, $3.384 million in cap savings
Jaguars Cap Implications: One-year, $3.384 million, $0 in total guarantees
We discussed this hypothetical trade at length recently, and it appears to be somewhat inevitable. The Ravens don’t necessarily have to make the move, but they seem motivated to do so in order to help Brown realize his lifelong dream of playing left tackle in the NFL. There are several tackle-needy teams that also have the resources to bring Brown aboard — including the Los Angeles Chargers and Washington Football Team — but Jacksonville has the most ammo to make this move happen.
The Chargers’ first-round pick is too high, and the Washington Football Team still need to address the quarterback position. What better way to use the additional first-round pick Jacksonville acquired from the Los Angeles Rams in the Jalen Ramsey trade than to land future Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence a stud left tackle for years to come. This is a perfect fit, and Baltimore can perhaps draft their right tackle replacement immediately in April.
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Brown might not want to switch back to right tackle for a season before becoming an unrestricted free agent, but it’s a possibility. (For those wondering about him holding out, a clause in the Collective Bargaining Agreement strongly discourages anyone from going that route. Basically, if Brown doesn’t report to training camp on time, he would have to wait another year before becoming a free agent.)
Bottom line, the Ravens have some leverage in this situation. Brown’s long-term NFL future may lie elsewhere, but as Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh is fond of saying, pro football is a year-to-year business. The Ravens definitely have a better shot at making a deep playoff run in 2021 with Stanley and Brown as their tackles, especially with Stanley’s readiness unclear after a major injury.
There’s also another possible outcome. The Ravens could try to sign Brown to a contract extension. Yes, the uncertainty about where he’d play is a major obstacle. But nice paydays tend to heal all.
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MICHAEL GALLUP, WR, DALLAS COWBOYS
Gallup is a player who is on the verge of blowing up if given the opportunity to do so. Coming into the league as a third-round pick back in 2018, Gallup has taken a step in his progression every year in his career. Gallup finds himself in trade conversations not because he is a bad player, but because his value will be significantly higher on another team than it is on the Cowboys.
Gallup is set to become an unrestricted free agent after next season in 2022, and it is a virtual lock that the Cowboys will not sign him to a long-term deal with CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper on the roster. It makes a lot of sense for the Cowboys to trade him now, before letting him walk for nothing. Gallup may not be a No. 1 receiver on his new team, but he is easily one of the best No. 2 receivers in the NFL. Receiver-needy teams should absolutely call the Cowboys.
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Key move: Add another receiver for Lamar Jackson
The Ravens have an MVP caliber quarterback and have been knocking on the door of jumping up to that elite tier of teams in the AFC for the past two years. So long as they are able to retain a couple of key free agents on the defensive side of the ball to keep that unit among the best in the conference, the biggest need for Baltimore is providing Lamar Jackson help in the passing game. We all know the Ravens have a lethal ground attack with Jackson and J.K. Dobbins coming out of the backfield, but oftentimes the Ravens needed more stability through the air. Finding an above-average pass-catching option for Jackson either at the draft, free agency, or via trade this offseason to pair with Hollywood Brown and Mark Andrews will go a long way in making Baltimore’s offense more well-rounded.
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10) Buffalo Bills: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama
Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey was selected with the 16th overall pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2017. However, he doesn’t fall that far here. Not only has Humphrey been productive in breaking up passes, but he also led the league in forced fumbles in 2020. Additionally, he was a first-team All-Pro in 2019.
16) Baltimore Ravens: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
A second-team All-Pro in 2019, Godwin would have provided an additional receiving threat for Joe Flacco. Despite wide receiver being seen as a main need, the Ravens never addressed the position in the 2017 NFL Draft.
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Trevon Moehrig · S
School: TCU | Year: Junior
The Ravens have other needs to address, but the reason they’re so successful is because they draft the best player available. In this case, Moehrig fits the bill. He joins a very gifted secondary.