According to Darren Wolfson of skornorth.com, the Vikings have had dialogue with OT Orlando Brown Jr.
The Vikings have had dialogue with offensive lineman Orlando Brown Jr., per @DWolfsonKSTP. pic.twitter.com/qoPH3ME1ey— SKOR North (@SKORNorth) March 11, 2021
Minnesota recently released starting LT Riley Reiff, so it should come as no surprise that they would be interested in Brown. As NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported, six teams have shown interest in Brown, though they were not named. Since we know the Vikings are one of the teams interested, what would a potential trade look like for the two-time Pro Bowler?
One possible scenario proposed by staff members of Baltimore Beatdown would be the following: Minnesota swaps first-round picks with Baltimore, giving their No. 14 overall pick to the Ravens for their No. 27 overall pick, as well as packaging veteran WR Adam Thielen and another mid-round pick for Brown Jr.
Would you be happy if the Ravens traded Orlando Brown and the 27th pick for Adam Thielen, the 14th pick and the 90th pick? https://t.co/JbdhuyKx57— Baltimore Beatdown (@BmoreBeatdown) March 11, 2021
Thielen’s cap hit for 2021 is currently $13.5 million, but Baltimore could lower it by restructuring his contract.
His contract is extremely flexible AND will be pennies on the dollar when the cap returns to normalcy pic.twitter.com/K0v33MMQvV— Baltimore Beatdown (@BmoreBeatdown) March 11, 2021
Thielen would be a hard player to part with for the Vikings, but at 30-years-old, it is worth considering when trying to acquire a two-time Pro Bowl left tackle in his prime with one year left on a rookie deal. Thielen fell just short of 1,000 receiving yards last season, but he did have 14 receiving touchdowns and is only a few seasons removed from a 1,373-yard season. For a team that desperately needs wide receiver help, Thielen would be a no-brainer.
Swapping first-round picks would put the Ravens in range of one of the top edge rushers, wide receivers, or offensive lineman in the draft. Baltimore could also trade down and accumulate even more, or have a much easier time trading up for a premiere talent.
Is this trade reasonable?
This poll is closed
No (not enough compensation for Baltimore)
No (too much for Minnesota to part with)