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Why the LA Chargers should push hard for an Orlando Brown trade

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 11: Orlando Brown #78 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the bench before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 11: Orlando Brown #78 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the bench before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers need offensive line help this offseason and there is a big name that has potentially become available via trade. Tackle Orlando Brown’s days with the Baltimore Ravens may be numbered, with a trade seeming increasingly likely this offseason.

Of course, because it is 2021, this all spurned from a tweet. Brown tweeted on Friday that he is a LEFT tackle, making it very apparent where he wants to play on the offensive line.

I’m a LEFT Tackle.

— Orlando Brown Jr. (@ZEUS__78) January 29, 2021

So why is this opening the door for a trade? Because the Baltimore Ravens have All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Staley manning the left side of the offensive line. There is a potential conflict of interest there, especially if Brown puts his foot down and makes it very clear that he will not be playing on the right side.

With just one year left under contract, it is not uncommon for a team to part ways with the player via trade, get something out of him and remove the conflict of interest altogether. That is the situation we are in with Brown.

And luckily, for the LA Chargers, it opens the door for a perfect trade target. Tom Telesco should be on the phone right now Eric DeCosta trying to work out a trade. Here is why Brown is such a great fit and why the Chargers should be pushing hard.

1. The LA Chargers’ cost for Orlando Brown is not going to be that high

You could potentially talk yourself into trading a first-round pick for Brown but that is not likely. With Brown being due a new contract next offseason, it is going to be hard to convince a team inside of the top-25 to trade their first-round pick.

Our FanSided sister site, Ebony Bird, agrees. In the potential trade packages that they outlined, they had the Chargers sending the 47th overall pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick for Brown and next year’s sixth.

You don’t even have to throw in the sixth next year. Sign me up for a second and fourth-round pick.

The Chargers could get a Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle for a second-round pick? Let’s spin it this way: if I told you the Chargers could trade up from 47 to get a Pro Bowl-caliber tackle in the draft and all it would take is throwing in the fourth-round pick. You would say yes 100 times out of 100, right?

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