The Baltimore Ravens traded wide receiver Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals on draft night in a move that was widely unexpected. Brown and pick No. 100 went to Arizona in exchange for No. 23, which Baltimore then flipped for No. 25 and No. 130.
The move also seemed to shock Lamar Jackson, which made fans wonder why the front office would pull such a move.
However, it was revealed by Baltimore general manager Eric DeCosta that Brown requested a trade after the conclusion of the 2021 season, and on “I Am Athlete Tonight” explained what led to his request:
“I love Lamar,” Brown said. “It’s just the system wasn’t for me personally. I love all my teammates. I love the guys. It was just something I had to think about for myself.”
Brown’s request marks the third-straight year that an offensive player has requested out of Baltimore. In 2020, tight end Hayden Hurst requested a trade due to wanting a bigger role, and in 2021 offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. asked for out due to his desire to play left tackle.
The addition of Brown should help fill the void left behind by Christian Kirk with Arizona, but leaves a gaping hole for the Ravens.