Trent Brown is one of the most dominant right tackles in the NFL when healthy. However, he hasn’t been able to stay on the field, which has prompted the Las Vegas Raiders to consider moving on from him. However, before they make a final decision, they need to think it through.
How did the Raiders and Trent Brown get here?
The Raiders have had talks about potentially trading Brown, per Ian Rapoport. Moving on from Brown would free up $14 million in cap space, which they are in need of. Also, it wouldn’t leave a dead cap hit, so it makes sense for Las Vegas to deal him to another team and get some kind of compensation instead of just releasing him.
Brown has missed 16 games since signing a four-year $66 million contract in 2019. In his first year with the Raiders, he suffered a pectoral injury that forced him to miss five games. In 2020, he dealt with a calf injury early in the season and later caught the Coronavirus.
Things didn’t stop there though and an air bubble entered his bloodstream during a pregame IV. All in all, he appeared in five games and played 28 percent of the team’s total snaps on offense. Thus, it wasn’t surprising to find out the Raiders may move on from him.
Is trading Brown the best thing this Las Vegas team can do?
The fact other teams are interested in Brown should give the Raiders pause. Why would others gladly take on him and his contract? It’s true that the right tackle hasn’t been healthy in the last couple of years, but he has shown he can be pretty effective when healthy.
The Florida product has recently uploaded videos on social media where you can see him training and in shape. His 2021 salary may be high but if he’s healthy he should have no trouble going back to the player he was when he made the Pro Bowl in 2019. Moreover, the Raiders will need some kind of consistency in their offensive line if they release guard Gabe Jackson, which is what they plan to do.
If the Raiders get a good trade proposal for Brown, they should definitely consider dealing him. However, if all other teams are offering is a ham sandwich, they may be better off keeping him, as costly as he may be.
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