Ravens Deal WR Marquise "Hollywood" Brown To Cardinals For 23rd Overall Pick
BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Shortly after taking Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton 14th overall, the Baltimore Ravens dealt wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, the team's top selection in 2019, and a third-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for the 23rd overall pick.
Executive vice president and general manager Eric DeCosta then sent to the No. 23 overall slot to the Buffalo Bills for the 25th pick and the 130th pick, according to reports.
The 24-year-old led all Ravens wide receivers in receiving yards and touchdowns last season, and he trailed only tight end Mark Andrews in those categories.
In three years with the Ravens, Brown has 2,361 receiving yards in 46 games with 21 touchdowns, and he's developed a close relationship with star quarterback Lamar Jackson.
"Wish I coulda played with my brotha forever but ima see you at the top @Lj_era8," Brown tweeted.
In Arizona he'll be reunited with his quarterback at Oklahoma, Kyler Murray. The wideout made an appearance at the Cardinals' draft party in Glendale, AZ, suggesting the trade had been in the works for awhile. DeCosta confirmed an agreement had been reached earlier in the week.
During his press conference, DeCosta said Brown approached him in the offseason to say he was unhappy and request a trade.
"I think he would say he feels happy, which is good," DeCosta said. "And we made the best of that situation as a club. We used that pick wisely, I think."
He later added: "I hope the best for Hollywood, I really do. I hope he's in the Pro Bowl. But I also think that this guy that we drafted is going to be in Pro Bowls, too. So that will be a heck of a thing."
Brown later tweeted, "4eva Love For My Ppl In Baltimore But I Had To Do What's Best For Me," punctuated by a 100 emoji.
As it currently stands, the Ravens' top pick in 2021, Rashod Bateman, is atop the team's wide receiver depth chart, followed by Devin Duvernay, James Proche II and Tylan Wallace.
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