In a year when salary-cap room is at a premium, and with the chance that Brown would walk at season’s end for no more than a 2022 compensatory pick, the Ravens elected to cash in now. Baltimore recouped its initial investment on the former third-round pick while the price was high by trading Brown to the tackle-starved Kansas City Chiefs on Friday.
The Ravens will receive the Chiefs’ first-round pick (No. 31) in Thursday’s draft, along with three other picks (one of which is in 2022), in exchange for the 24-year-old Brown, who moved to left tackle after Stanley suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 8 last season. Brown will no doubt play on the left side for the Chiefs and protect quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ backside.
From the general manager’s chair, I automatically go to the next move that will be precipitated by a deal such as this. The Ravens likely have a replacement in mind, if not already agreed to, who will play right tackle. They recently had former Steeler Alejandro Villanueva in for a visit, and the six-year veteran seems to be the most likely candidate, especially because he can play either side.