4 reasons the Steelers must trade for Ravens OT Orlando Brown

Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. (78) Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. (78) Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports /
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Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown (78) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Cap Space

While it is no secret that the Steelers have one of the worst cap situations in the league this year, as of now they are set to be in one of the league’s best positions next year with an estimated 150 million in cap space. Now, that number will go down this offseason. Restructures and new deals will cut into that total quickly, but even then, that number should still be a relatively high number next year.

As well, the NFL’s cap number should jump exponentially given the positive strides that have been made with this pandemic. Stadiums should have higher attendance next season, meaning the cap number could go even higher than the projections. Even if they don’t, it isn’t unthinkable that the team is sitting close to 50 million under the cap. That means a new deal for Brown could easily be had.

As well, if the team wanted to hold off on signing him right away, the team could tag him and then extend him. While cap space this season will be a concern, next year is a different story. The Steelers should be in a good position to make some moves. One of those could very well be resigning Brown after he begins the line’s rebuild. He wouldn’t be a one-year rental, he would ideally be the Steelers long-term tackle.

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Overall, there aren’t a lot of reasons for the Steelers to not try and get Brown this offseason. Assuming the Ravens aren’t bombarded with Texans like Tunsil deals, adding Brown could be a great investment. The line gets an instant boost and the team has cap flexibility to make this move a lasting one. While the Ravens are fielding calls for Brown, the Steelers should be calling them daily trying to get a deal done.