NFL teams can begin placing franchise tags on their most valuable free agents Tuesday through the March 6 deadline (4 p.m. ET). Will the Steelers tag Le’Veon Bell for the second year in a row? Which quarterback should the Vikings tag?
NFL Nation reporters predict whether teams will use the tag and, if so, which players will be tagged.
No tag. The Bills have 18 unrestricted free agents, but only four full-time starters in that group: wide receiver Jordan Matthews, defensive tackle Kyle Williams, linebacker Preston Brown and cornerback E.J. Gaines. There does not figure to be much conversation about using the tag because none of the four would be worth the cost. The Bills also have a slightly constrained salary-cap situation that was complicated by the career-ending neck injury to center Eric Wood, who will count about $10 million against the cap if he officially retires or is released. — Mike Rodak
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry. However, the decision on whether to tag him could depend on how well contract negotiations are going at the time. The tag will be around $16.2 million, which is more than the Dolphins want to pay Landry per year on a new deal. And if they don’t think they can keep him long-term, they probably won’t tag him. But if they feel they’re making progress on a longer-term deal and don’t want him to hit the market, they could use the franchise tag to hold him in place until a deal is done. — Dan Graziano
No tag. The Patriots’ top free agents are left tackle Nate Solder, running back Dion Lewis and cornerback Malcolm Butler. The team is prohibited from tagging Solder per terms of the extension he had previously signed, which leaves Lewis and Butler. The franchise tag for running backs will likely be deemed too high to use on Lewis, and after what unfolded in Super Bowl LII, when the coaching staff didn’t play Butler on defense, it’s hard to imagine there is even a consideration of tagging the cornerback. — Mike Reiss
No tag. The Jets would like to re-sign cornerback Morris Claiborne, linebacker Demario Davis and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins — probably in that order of priority — but none rises to the level of a franchise or transition tag. The Jets probably won’t have to make a franchise-tag decision until 2020, when defensive end Leonard Williams is eligible for free agency (assuming the team exercises the fifth-year option in 2019). — Rich Cimini
No tag. The Ravens are expected not to use the franchise tag for the fifth time in the past six years. Baltimore doesn’t have the cap space, and none of its free agents really warrants the price of the tag. The Ravens’ top free agent is center Ryan Jensen, but it would cost a projected $14.2 million to take him off the free-agent market. That would make Jensen the highest-paid center by a whopping $4 million. It wouldn’t make sense to use the tag, even though Jensen would be among the top offensive linemen available in free agency. –– Jamison Hensley
No tag. The Bengals have already signed Vontaze Burfict through the 2020 season, so Tyler Eifert would be the only candidate for the tag. Considering the tight end has been injured for most of the past two seasons, there’s no chance the Bengals put such a high price tag on him. — Katherine Terrell
No tag. The Browns’ only “name” free agent is running back Isaiah Crowell. While he’s been good, his production does not warrant the franchise tag. — Pat McManamon
Running back Le’Veon Bell. This comes with a big “if.” Bell complicated his franchise tag situation by threatening to sit out the year or retire if tagged for a second straight season. But the Steelers, as currently constructed, would be crazy to let Bell hit free agency. The offense is largely built around him during a crucial Super Bowl window. A projected tag of $14.5 million allows the team to call his bluff. Here’s the big “if”: Bell said both sides want to reach a deal before having to make a decision on a tag, which means both sides are on the clock for February. So, if those negotiations stall, the tag must be applied. But neither side wants that. — Jeremy Fowler
No tag. The Texans have no obvious candidates. Their top free agent, cornerback Johnathan Joseph, wants to return to Houston, and if the team wants him back, the two sides should have no problem working out a deal. — Sarah Barshop
No tag. The Colts have 14 unrestricted free agents, with the most notable ones being players who are on the tail end of their careers, such as 34-year-old Frank Gore and 45-year-old Adam Vinatieri. Gore and Vinatieri are still effective players, but not at the level where the franchise tag should be used on them. Indianapolis hasn’t used its franchise tag since using it on punter Pat McAfee in 2013. — Mike Wells
Wide receiver Allen Robinson. He’s the only player the Jaguars would consider using the franchise tag on. He missed almost the entire 2017 season with a torn ACL and didn’t have a great year in 2016, so he has little leverage. The Jaguars won’t commit big money for multiple years on faith alone, so a one-year, incentive-laden deal is their preference. However, if the two sides can’t work out a deal, the Jaguars will use the franchise tag (approximately $16 million). They cannot let Robinson walk because he’s the team’s best downfield playmaker. Finding a replacement would be tough; it’s not exactly a banner free-agent class. — Mike DiRocco
No tag. The Titans don’t have any elite pending free agents who would prove worthy of the tag. The closest candidate might be kicker Ryan Succop, who is coming off a strong season. But it seems more likely that Tennessee could work out a long-term deal with Succop rather than have him plan on the tag. Because of inside and outside linebackers being bunched together, the linebacker franchise tag number will be too high for Avery Williamson. — Cameron Wolfe
No tag. The Broncos have certainly been willing to use the tag in the past — Ryan Clady, Matt Prater, Demaryius Thomas and Von Miller have all been tagged in John Elway’s tenure as the chief football decision-maker before the players signed long-term deals. But this time around, the team has other things on the to-do list. The Broncos’ list of prospective free agents includes starters like linebacker Todd Davis and tight end Virgil Green, but the players are not at the level where the Broncos would use the tag. — Jeff Legwold
No tag. The Chiefs don’t have any players who would require the tag this year. That’s not a bad thing. They’ve had a franchise player in five of the past seven years and could use the break from the drama that usually ensues from using it. — Adam Teicher
No tag. The Chargers placed the franchise tag on Melvin Ingram before signing him to a lucrative, multiyear deal in 2017, but it’s unlikely the team will use the tag this offseason. One potential candidate is pending unrestricted free agent Tre Boston, who led L.A. with five interceptions in 2017. But the expected franchise tag for safety will be north of $11 million, which is probably more than the Chargers would want to pay for one season to keep Boston in the fold. The team’s most well-known pending unrestricted free agent is future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates, who wants to return for a 16th NFL season. But the Chargers have a productive tight end in Hunter Henry and likely will not use the franchise tag on Gates. They’ve used the franchise tag just seven times in franchise history. — Eric D. Williams
No tag. General manager Reggie McKenzie has used the franchise tag only once since taking over in Oakland, and that was in his first year, 2012, when he was wading into what he called “salary cap hell.” Even then, strong safety Tyvon Branch agreed to a contract and shed the tag before the season began. When you look at the Raiders’ more intriguing pending free agents — linebacker NaVorro Bowman, cornerback TJ Carrie, defensive tackle Justin Ellis — McKenzie would not need to break the bank to retain any of them, should Oakland choose to bring them back. Keep an eye on next year, though, should the Raiders not reach an extension with edge rusher Khalil Mack this offseason. But that’s a different story for a different day. — Paul Gutierrez
Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. He had a career-high 14.5 sacks and earned his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2017. He picked the right time to have his best season while entering a contract year. He is what the Cowboys like to do: Re-sign their own players to big-time contracts. He is young, turning 26 years old in April. When healthy, he has put up seasons with eight and 14.5 sacks. The key question, though, is his health. He’s had two back surgeries and has needed to be managed through some practices. Getting to a long-term deal before the opening of free agency could be difficult, which is why a franchise tag seems likely at the moment. It would chew up a lot of the Cowboys’ cap room (roughly $17 million), but the team can’t let what Jerry Jones calls a “war daddy” hit the market. — Todd Archer
Offensive lineman Justin Pugh. He’s considered among the top free-agent offensive linemen in an especially depressed market. And the Giants desperately need to address their offensive line. The problem is that the franchise tag — in the range of $14 million for an offensive lineman — would eat a large chunk of the team’s cap space. If the Giants do use it on Pugh, who missed eight games this past season with a back injury, it is likely a placeholder for a long-term deal on the horizon. — Jordan Raanan
No tag. Linebacker Nigel Bradham is arguably the Eagles’ top in-house free-agent priority, but using the franchise tag on him would be a bit extreme. Plus, the team is not really in financial position to do so. The franchise tag number for linebackers will be around $15 million. The Eagles are currently about $9 million over the cap and need to find ways to shed cap commitments, not dramatically add to them. — Tim McManus
No tag. However, this comes with a caveat: The Redskins could end up tagging quarterback Kirk Cousins in an attempt to trade him. But that’s so fraught with obstacles that they’d have to end up rescinding the tag if they go that route. If he doesn’t sign the tender, and they get to free agency, the tag number of $34.5 million would count against the salary cap and prevent any other signings. And if he were to sign the tender, any deal with a new team would start at the $34.5 million amount and there are teams who would be told: Don’t bother. No long-term deal would be worked out beforehand so the Redskins would still be faced with carrying his cap hit. And any long-term deal would then start at $34.5 million; so any trade would be prohibitive for the team involved. It just doesn’t make sense. — John Keim
Cornerback Kyle Fuller. The only player the Bears could consider tagging is Fuller, who’s set to become an unrestricted free agent after Chicago declined his fifth-year option. Fuller, who had a bounce-back year in 2017, is expected to sign a lucrative deal (somewhere), but using the franchise tag on him would eat up in excess of $14.2 million worth of cap space in 2018 — the franchise tag figure for cornerbacks in 2017 was $14.212 million. The Bears would be better off negotiating a long-term deal with Fuller if they want to keep him around. They passed on applying a second franchise tag on Alshon Jeffery last offseason. — Jeff Dickerson
Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. It will be an interesting decision for the Lions because of Ansah’s struggles to stay healthy. When he hasn’t been hampered by injuries, he can create havoc. But he’s almost always dealt with something over the past two seasons. That’s why a long-term deal is not a no-brainer for him. Letting him walk, particularly when Detroit has few options behind him as consistent pass-rushers, might not be the best option, either. So tagging him — and knowing the Lions have the cap space to do so while still being in play for a few free agents — appears to make the most sense for Detroit and first-year head coach Matt Patricia. — Michael Rothstein
No tag. The Packers haven’t used the tag since 2010 (on Ryan Pickett) and new general manager Brian Gutekunst doesn’t have any pending free agents worth using it on this year. Former GM Ted Thompson took care of that when he locked up the two must-have players from this class — wide receiver Davante Adams and center Corey Linsley. Not only do the Packers not have a tag-worthy player, they don’t even have anyone they absolutely must re-sign this year. Safety Morgan Burnett is the closest they have, but that’s no better than a 50-50 proposition. — Rob Demovsky
Quarterback Case Keenum. The Vikings have around $57 million in cap space for 2018 and can afford to spend on finding their quarterback of the future. Keenum, who won 13 games as a starter in 2017 (including the postseason), may or may not be able to perform like a top-10 quarterback consistently, but the Vikings won’t have to lock into him long-term to find out. Minnesota can tag Keenum for one year with roughly a $23 million price tag. The deal also allows the Vikings to bring back Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford next season for depth and to turn to them if Keenum doesn’t work out in his second go-around. — Courtney Cronin
No tag. There’s no reason to believe the Falcons, who last used the tag in 2012 for cornerback Brent Grimes, will use the tag this year. Kicker Matt Bryant, defensive tackle Dontari Poe, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel and returner Andre Roberts are the most notable upcoming free agents, and Bryant might be the only one who is a true priority. The franchise tag figure for kickers last season was $4.835 million, so the Falcons are much better off negotiating an extension with Bryant, who made $2.75 million last season. — Vaughn McClure
No tag. The most likely candidates would be defensive end Star Lotulelei or left guard Andrew Norwell, but the number for either will be too high with little room under the salary cap. In all likelihood, the team will try to re-sign at least one, most likely Norwell, and move on from the other. Lotulelei appears the most expendable with 2016 first-round pick Vernon Butler waiting in the wings to play beside Kawann Short. — David Newton
No tag. The Saints aren’t allowed to use the franchise tag on quarterback Drew Brees because of a clause in his contract (although the future Hall of Famer has repeatedly insisted that he has no plans to test the open market and wants to be a “Saint for life”). The Saints don’t have any other pending free agents in the franchise-tag price range. But they do have at least two key free agents who could potentially be lost to higher bidders: safety Kenny Vaccaro and guard Senio Kelemete. — Mike Triplett
No tag. The Bucs have used the franchise tag only three times since it first became an option in 1993, and none of their current pending free agents is a candidate for that. For example, cornerback Brent Grimes made the most of any Bucs 2018 free agent, averaging about $6.75 million per year. The franchise tag amount for cornerbacks in 2017 was over $14 million. So they’d be much better off signing him to a one- or two-year deal. Instead, the Bucs will want to think about acquiring outside help and signing wide receiver Mike Evans long-term, while also securing center Ali Marpet and left tackle Donovan Smith. — Jenna Laine
No tag. All of the Cardinals’ franchise or big-ticket players have long-term deals. They used the tag briefly on outside linebacker Chandler Jones last season but quickly agreed on a long-term extension. There aren’t any players where the tag would be a necessity for Arizona to continue having contract talks. — Josh Weinfuss
Wide receiver Sammy Watkins. The Rams gave up a solid cornerback, E.J. Gaines, and a 2018 second-round pick in order to pluck Watkins from the Bills last summer. It might be in their best interest to employ Watkins for at least another year. Watkins’ 2017 numbers — 39 catches for 593 yards and eight touchdowns — weren’t gaudy, but he stayed healthy, and his presence as a vertical threat helped open the middle of the field for Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. A full offseason could do wonders for Watkins’ chemistry with Jared Goff, which is why the franchise tag seems like an ideal option. It gives him another chance in Sean McVay’s offense without the risk of a long-term commitment for a receiver with a history of injuries. The Rams are projected to have more than $40 million in salary cap space, and it could be more if they cut ties with some potential cap casualties. They can afford to give Watkins another one-year tryout. — Alden Gonzalez
No tag. Had the Niners been unable to strike a deal with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, it was a certainty they’d use the franchise tag on him. Now that Garoppolo is signed for the next five years, the Niners have no free agents worthy of the cost that goes with either tag. They have the cap space to use the tag, but they’ll hold on to it this year and focus their attention on outside free agents who can help at key positions like cornerback, edge rusher and the interior of the offensive line. — Nick Wagoner
Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. He’s the most logical candidate for the tag by virtue of being the team’s most important free agent who’s in position to command a top-shelf salary, but that doesn’t mean it’s likely. The franchise tag for defensive tackles could cost around $14.5 million. From a production standpoint alone, that number might be tough for the Seahawks to justify, even though Richardson was more productive in 2017 than his lone sack suggests. The Seahawks are projected to have only around $14 million in cap space as it stands now — although they can create more ahead of free agency — which could make the franchise tag prohibitive. The transition tag, projected at $11.7 million, would be more affordable. But it wouldn’t put Seattle in position to receive any compensation if another team signed Richardson for more money. — Brady Henderson
Los Angeles Rams’ Sean McVay reflects on good times with Jared Goff
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay wanted to reflect on the good times with Jared Goff on Thursday rather than expand on what went wrong with his soon-to-be former franchise quarterback who has been traded to the Detroit Lions.
“What I think is important to make sure that I at least want to mention is the amount of good things and really great leadership that he provided since I got here as a head coach,” McVay said, listing the three playoff appearances, two division titles, NFC championship and Super Bowl appearance under Goff over the past four seasons. “So what I’d rather focus on are the things that I think he did a great job of establishing himself in this league, the way he handled himself consistently day in and day out and all I can do is just be appreciative of that and that’s kind of what I would say on Jared.”
Last month the Rams traded Goff, as well as a 2021 third-round pick and first-round picks in 2022 and 2023, to the Lions for quarterback Matthew Stafford.
The trade will become official at the start of the new league year on March 17 and until then NFL rules prohibit the Rams or Lions from speaking directly about the trade. But McVay acknowledged in his first videoconference with reporters since the deal that the potential of acquiring a veteran offensive player was “exciting.”
When asked what changed in his and the organization’s mind about Goff since he signed a four-year, $110 million guaranteed extension before the 2019 season, McVay said, “I don’t know that really a lot changed.
“I mean, there’s just so many things that have taken place since then,” McVay said. “I think what I would say that I learned over the last handful of years is things change by the day and you probably want to be careful making blanket statements when you can’t predict the future.”
Before Goff signed the record-breaking extension, McVay said that he hoped to be stuck with the quarterback for a long time.
However, in the days after the trade, Goff told the Los Angeles Times that “It became increasingly clear” that he was no longer wanted in L.A., but said that he could not figure out when that happened.
McVay said that he has since spoken to Goff and described their conversations as “healthy.”
“Jared and I had a lot of conversations,” McVay said. “We had one that I want to keep that between myself and Jared, but again, I don’t want to get into the specifics of those types of things … I think we were both able to communicate open and honestly with one another, but those details I’d prefer to keep between us.”
Now entering his fifth season as coach, McVay acknowledged that he could have been a better coach to Goff, who passed for 3,952 yards and 20 touchdowns with 13 interceptions in the Rams’ 10-6 2020 season that ended with a divisional playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.
“I think it’s just the consistent and ongoing communication,” McVay said. “You pride yourself in those types of things and I think I could have been much better about those real-time communications and, I’m not going to make any excuses about it, but there’s a lot of things, even some of the decision-making in games, are you consistently putting him in the right positions to be successful and so, as a coach, as a leader, your job is to try to make situations and people that you’re around better and there were certainly some moments that I know I could have done better really for our team and Jared in particular.”
Russell Wilson potential trade scenarios
The Russell Wilson saga continued to evolve Thursday, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that while the Seattle Seahawks‘ Pro Bowl quarterback hasn’t demanded a trade from the franchise where he has played all nine seasons of his career, his agent has a wish list in case that scenario comes to pass.
With the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders and New Orleans Saints as Wilson’s targets in a “in case of trade, break glass” situation, we asked our NFL Nation reporters from each of those teams to lay out their case for Wilson, and what it might take to bring in the star quarterback. Also, we look at what it might take for the Seahawks to part with the most decorated signal-caller in franchise history.
Why the Bears are attractive to Wilson: The Bears are desperate for a franchise quarterback, and Wilson would be viewed as a hero if he were to get them over the hump. Chicago is sick of seeing Aaron Rodgers and the Packers dominate the division. Someone who could unseat them would become an instant legend in a city that loves its sports stars.
What the Bears would have to give up: The Bears don’t have a quarterback the Seahawks would want in a swap of players, so it would have to be draft picks — high ones and a lot of them. The problem now is the Bears don’t have a high pick (they’re at No. 20) this year, so it would likely take multiple first-rounders.
How doable it is — and what comes next: GM Ryan Pace might need a job-saving quarterback acquisition considering he has struck out with Mike Glennon, Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles. So if the Bears are on Wilson’s list, then Pace owes it to the franchise to put together the best offer he can muster and hope the Seahawks change their mind and decide to deal him. — Rob Demovsky
Why the Cowboys are attractive to Wilson: There are obvious on- and off-the-field considerations. On the field: Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and La’el Collins come to mind. The Cowboys have one of the most talented offenses in the league. They also play in a division that is a lot easier than the NFC West. Off the field, the Cowboys’ brand sells. While Wilson already is one of the better-known players in the NFL, his brand would multiply attached to the Cowboys’ star.
What the Cowboys would have to give up: Multiple first-round picks at the least. The Cowboys have the 10th overall pick in this year’s draft, which would help, but they would have to give up future first-rounders if not more picks and maybe some players just to land him. And if you’re asking about trading Dak Prescott, well, they can’t. He’s a free agent and even if they place the franchise tag on him for a second straight year, Prescott would have to sign the tender before any trade could be facilitated. He effectively could shut down any trade talk simply by saying no or making sure Seattle meets every financial demand he would have.
How doable it is for your team — and what comes next: Anything is doable, but the Cowboys are committed to Prescott. They have made him their priority and believe he is their quarterback for the present and future. If the Cowboys get frustrated in upcoming talks with Prescott’s agent regarding a long-term contract, perhaps they visit this option, but it seems remote at best. — Todd Archer
Why the Raiders are attractive to Wilson: Wilson’s skill set, with his willingness and ability to extend plays with his legs, is closer to what Jon Gruden wants to do on offense, which can be elite when not bogged down by a depleted defense which, by the way, just hired the architect of the Seahawks’ Legion Of Boom, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, to fix. So there’s familiarity for Wilson there, as well as with offensive line coach Tom Cable, who had the same role when the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII. Plus, imagine all the marketing opportunities for the Q Rating-conscious Wilson in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. Perhaps Ciara can even get a residency on The Strip?
What the Raiders would have to give up: With visions of Ken Stabler for Dan Pastorini in 1980 dancing in Raider Nation’s head, how about a starter-for-starter swap — Wilson for Derek Carr? The Raiders would have to throw in another pick or player as well just to offset Wilson’s $32 million cap number for 2021. Carr has a cap number of $22.125 million, while Marcus Mariota has one of (drumroll, please) $11.35 million. Now, it’s hard to see Seattle taking both QBs for Wilson, but one or the other would have to be involved (Carr) and then Las Vegas would have to find a suitor for the other (Mariota).
How doable it is — and what comes next: Very. But is there an appetite to move on from a QB coming off his career-best statistical season? From the pure financial standpoint, shedding the cap numbers of Carr, who has $2.5 million in dead money, and Mariota, who has zero dead money, to get Wilson make it nearly a wash (the Raiders would still need more than $1 million to shed). Gruden and GM Mike Mayock have long said they will always kick tires on players to see how and if a certain player will improve the roster. Expect tire-kicking to commence, then, as Wilson, 32, has three years remaining on his contract but a lot of mileage on his legs, and Carr, who turns 30 next month and has two years left on his deal, is no doubt growing weary of the yearly offseason speculation. — Paul Gutierrez
Why the Saints are attractive: No team on Wilson’s wish list is more Super Bowl-ready than the Saints, who have the NFL’s best record over the past four seasons. New Orleans has one of the league’s most talented rosters from top to bottom — including superstar playmakers in Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara and a very good offensive line. As a bonus, Wilson would get the chance to succeed Drew Brees, whom he grew up idolizing as a fellow undersized QB. The one drawback is New Orleans’ salary-cap situation, which could make it difficult to keep this roster together long term.
What the Saints would have to give up: This seems like the biggest hurdle, since the Saints don’t pick until 28th in this year’s draft and likely wouldn’t pick much higher in future years with Wilson at QB. It’s hard to believe they could make the best offer unless Wilson gives Seattle no other choice. The Saints would likely be willing to give up a wealth of draft picks, perhaps three first-rounders. But they would probably have to include some elite talent, whether that be Thomas, Kamara, CB Marshon Lattimore or OTs Ryan Ramczyk and Terron Armstead. That could also help New Orleans absorb Wilson’s cap hit.
How doable it is — and what comes next: It wouldn’t be easy, since the Saints have limited draft value to offer — and since they’re projected to be $65-70 million over this year’s salary cap. But they would be foolish not to consider it with Brees heading toward retirement. The Saints can find ways to push most of those cap costs into future years (including Wilson’s) just as they did throughout Brees’ tenure. They might have to trade or release a couple of core assets to make it work, but Wilson would be worth it. The Saints are built to win now with so many stars in their prime (and several others like DE Cameron Jordan, LB Demario Davis, DBs Malcolm Jenkins and Janoris Jenkins in their 30s). — Mike Triplett
What could the Seahawks be looking for in a Wilson trade? The Seahawks by no means feel as though they have to trade Wilson, especially since the situation has not escalated to the point where he has asked to be dealt. They believe that scheme changes under new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron will reduce the hits and sacks on Wilson, thus alleviating one of his major sources of frustration.
But one of the core organizational philosophies is that they’ll consider everything. At the right price, they’d have to consider trading Wilson. Logically, that price would include much more than the two first-round picks (and then some) they gave up last year for safety Jamal Adams. That offer would likely have to either (A) include a young quarterback the Seahawks believe they would win with right away or (B) put them in position to draft that quarterback. They would then supplement their roster around that inexpensive rookie contract the way they did when they won Super Bowl XLVIII and nearly repeated as champions the following year, which was before they gave Wilson his first megadeal. — Brady Henderson
Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown exploring trade possibility, source says
The Ravens are aware of those plans, the source said, as they value the three-year starter and Pro Bowler but are open to discussions about his future.
Baltimore drafted Brown in 2018 to play right tackle opposite left tackle Ronnie Stanley, who was signed to a five-year, $98.75 million extension in October. When Stanley suffered a fractured and dislocated ankle in Week 8 of last season, Brown acquitted himself well at left tackle over the final 10 regular-season and playoff games, posting a solid 76.4 Pro Football Focus grade on his way to a second consecutive Pro Bowl.
Brown made clear his feelings in late September with a simple tweet: “I’m a LEFT tackle.”
The 6-foot-8 Brown is a former third-round pick set to hit free agency in 2022.
The Ravens are known to be aggressive on the trade market. They acquired defensive linemen Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue via deals with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings over the last year.
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