What could a Seahawks trade for Orlando Brown Jr. look like?
The Seahawks need to appease their franchise quarterback. Stacking talent on the offensive line is one of the surest ways to do just that. With their limited draft capital, trading is not going to be an easy thing to accomplish.
However, I propose a different type of trade. A player for player trade:
Seattle has a difficult decision to make, do they trade or extend Jamal Adams? Adams is one of the best safeties in the NFL. He can do everything. Rush the passer, play man-coverage, lead the team, and make those around him better.
However, the question remains is he really worth breaking the safety market open by a large margin to retain? The common estimate for an extension is worth roughly $17-$19 million per year. That is $2.25-4.25 million above the next highest-paid safety.
Trading Adams for a star offensive lineman is a move that would quickly show Russell Wilson that Pete Carroll and the Seahawks are fully committed to building around him. Talk about a quick and efficient way to destroy this qualm.
Explaining how I came up with the trade:
- Jamal Adams is worth roughly a first and third-round pick at this point (needs a contract extension).
- Orlando Brown is worth a first-round pick (needs an extension).
- This leaves Seattle needing roughly a third-round pick to complete the trade.
- Seattle ships off a replacement right tackle in Brandon Shell to the Ravens.
- In turn, the third-round pick jumps to a second-round selection.
This trade would save Seattle cap space this year as well. Trading Shell and Adams would save Seattle $13.21 million in cap space. Acquiring Browns’ rookie contract (final year) would cost Seattle only $3.3 million. That would net the team $9.91 in additional cap space.
Seattle would then have an effective cap of $27 million to spend in free agency. A contract extension *should* be agreed upon before the trade is finalized for Brown. I expect his market evaluation to be roughly a 4-year deal worth $17.5 million per year. That would keep Brown in Seattle through his age-29 season.
One final question to note: Would Orlando Brown, Jr. consider playing right tackle for one more year. Seattle still has 36-year-old Duane Brown under contract for 2021. Duane Brown is still a great player and a top 10 left tackle. If there was a guarantee in place that Orlando Brown Jr. would be moved to left tackle after this season, would that suffice?
If not, would Seattle consider trading Duane Brown for another offensive line player or draft picks? This would save Seattle another $11 million in cap space.
The offensive line with both Browns would look like this:
LT: Duane Brown
RG: Damien Lewis
RT: Orlando Brown Jr.
Not too shabby, right? With the savings, the team could easily afford to sign both Gabe Jackson (LG) and Corey Linsley (C). They could also use a second-round pick to target Wyatt Davis (G), Landon Dickerson (G/C), or Quinn Meinerz (G/C). The options are endless.
Regardless, this would show a huge move by the Seahawks front office for Russell Wilsons’ vision of the Seahawks future.