Orlando Brown: Request to play LT 'more emotional, spiritual for me'
Brown spoke about the request for the first time since he insisted last month he plays left tackle moving forward.
The 24-year-old said his late father, former Ravens right tackle Orlando Brown Sr., wished his son would play left tackle.
"He always told me, 'Don't settle for playing right tackle,'" Brown said, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. "'Make sure that when it comes time and you get to every level, you're playing left.'"
He added: "It's a lot more emotional or spiritual for me, I guess you could say, playing left tackle."
Six teams have contacted Brown's representation since his trade demand, Garafolo adds.
The Ravens selected Brown in the third round of the 2018 draft. The Oklahoma alum spent the majority of his collegiate career on the left side before moving to right tackle for his first two seasons as a pro.
Brown slid to left tackle in 2020 following Ronnie Stanley's season-ending ankle injury. He played 700 snaps on the blindside compared to 345 at right tackle, according to PFF. The versatile lineman earned his second Pro Bowl nod for his efforts last year.
He said the decision has nothing to do with Stanley and that they're good friends. However, after experiencing success and recalling his father's vision, Brown sees his ideal position as left tackle.
"It's a situation where Baltimore knows my plan isn't to play right tackle," he said. "I feel more comfortable on the left side. That's where I had played my whole life (before joining the Ravens). I'm a better left tackle than right tackle."
Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta addressed the situation earlier this week.
"We'll do what's best for Orlando, and we'll do what's best for the Ravens," DeCosta said.
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