Ravens sent Cardinals third-round pick Marquis Brown after wide receiver request trade: ‘He wasn’t happy’

Ravens sent Cardinals third-round pick Marquis Brown after wide receiver request trade: 'He wasn't happy'

Another eye-catching move came soon after on Thursday night, the Ravens made a surprise move by selecting Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton with the 14th overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft.

The Ravens traded the third-round pick to wide receiver Marquis “Hollywood” Brown and the Arizona Cardinals for the No. 23 overall pick, which they later sent to the Buffalo Bills for the No. 25 pick and the No. 130 pick. . Fourth round. The Ravens used the 25th pick to select Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum.

Brown, who was shipped to Arizona as well as the number 100 overall pick, was the Ravens’ leading wide receiver the previous season. He was coming off a career year with 91 catches for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns, despite an injury-ridden season for quarterback Lamar Jackson.

General Manager Eric DeCosta told reporters after the first round on Thursday night that the Browns trade was a “complicated topic”.

DeCosta said that after the Browns requested a trade after the 8–9 season, “he was not happy and wanted to play elsewhere.”

Brown began speculating about his future in Baltimore in February when he removed the Ravens’ name and logo from his social media accounts.

“I wish I could play with my broth forever but [I’ll] See you at the top,” Brown tweeted on Jackson after business,

Brown’s trade for Arizona appeared to be in the works prior to the draft as he appeared at the Cardinals’ draft party shortly after the trade was announced.

“We agreed earlier this week and we had a way to go about it that wouldn’t bother him,” DeCosta said.

DeCosta mentioned that he and coach John Harbaugh had spoken to Jackson before the trade. DeCosta said the locker room is too close, which has made it challenging for everyone to do business with Brown.

“Any time a teammate is potentially trading, it’s something that is sometimes difficult for players to understand, but I think in the end, it’s part of the business,” he said.

DeCosta said in February that the team expected to exercise a fifth-year option on Brown’s rookie contract, which would have retained a first-round pick in Baltimore through at least 2023. Brown was voted number 25 overall in 2019, DeCosta’s first year running the Ravens’ draft.

“I think about the Marquis a lot,” DeCosta said in his season-ending news conference. “I think he’s a talent. I love his personality and his competitiveness and his passion. … I love the energy he brings and, quite honestly, for his skill set, what he brings to the table Brings, the fifth year option, to my mind, if you look at the receivers and what they’re making right now, it looks like a bargain. He’s just a good piece, and honestly, if we don’t get him back. So, we will be trying to find another receiver.”

DeCosta noted that the Browns had a lot of upside, saying “he hasn’t played his best football.”

However, Brown had different plans.

“I think we’ve got a good trade and we’ve got an excellent player,” said DeCosta, using the No. 23 pick to trade back to No. 25 and take Linderbaum. “I hope for the best for ‘Hollywood.’ I hope he’s in the Pro Bowl.”

At the Cardinals’ draft party, team president Michael Bidwell stood next to Brown and addressed the crowd.

“I know it’s something that Hollywood wanted. You’ve been expressing it. And the discussion between Eric DeCosta, the Ravens’ GM, and . [Cardinals GM] Steve [Keim] The last few days got really hot,” he said. “So we were very excited about it and the whole key was to keep it quiet until we got to the 14th. I went to Las Vegas this afternoon, picked up Hollywood and his girlfriend and got her here just in time. Came [after] Business was going on.”

The trade marks the Ravens’ first move into the first round since 2018, when they were traded at No. 32 overall and selected Jackson after teasing Hayden Hearst No. 25 overall.

The Ravens now have six fourth-round picks in this year’s draft (numbers 110, 119, 128, 130, 139 and 141).

With the Browns traded to the Ravens, his 2019 draft class remains unopened, a first under DeCosta. Fellow wide receiver Miles Boykin, a third-round pick, was released earlier this month, while outside Jaylon Ferguson, the No. 85 overall pick, has recorded just 4 1/2 sacks in three seasons.



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