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With free agency and NFL draft looming, no timeline on trade for Ravens’ Orlando Brown Jr.

NFL free agency begins in a week and the draft is seven weeks away, two critical junctures for player movement in the offseason.

But as Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta prepares to rebuild the team over the next few months, there’s no timeline to find a trade partner for offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr., who has publicly stated his desire to play left tackle going forward.

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“I think Orlando’s a competitive guy,” DeCosta said Tuesday of the 24-year-old who has reportedly been given permission to explore trades. “I had a dream when I was 6 years old to be general manager of an NFL team. I think Orlando’s dream has always been to be a left tackle in the NFL. … That’s just how he sees himself and that’s how he envisions his career playing out. We’re blessed to have him on the team. He’s a great kid. He’s an outstanding player. He’s played very well for us, very selfless guy. He’s bounced around and played two different positions at a very high level. And he’s under contract and he understands that.”

DeCosta said he’s had discussions with Brown, as well as his representatives, but was noncommittal when asked if he expected Brown to be on the roster to begin the 2021 season.

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“We’ll do what’s best for Orlando and we’ll do what’s best for the Ravens,” DeCosta said. “These things take time sometimes. A lot of different scenarios on how this thing could play out.”

Coach John Harbaugh said he doesn’t foresee an issue on the team should Brown have to return to play out the final year of his rookie contract at right tackle.

“We have a great relationship,” Harbaugh said. “He’s a guy that wants to win, very competitive player. Has a lot of pride in his game, so to speak, and works really hard, competes. I love him as a player, love him as a person. And whatever the situation dictates, however it plays out, I’m sure he’ll be at his best next year and I’d be counting on that and I’d trust him to do that.”

‘Preliminary discussions’ with Andrews; Edwards on team ‘one way or the other’

While DeCosta said he hasn’t entered definite contract negotiations with quarterback Lamar Jackson, the team has had “preliminary discussions” with tight end Mark Andrews, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021 season.

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“Mark has the same agents as Orlando,” DeCosta said, “so we’ve spent some time talking to those two guys — Joe Panos and Justin Schulman. They’re outstanding agents and we’ve started discussions on all these types of things. We try to be as aggressive and proactive as possible with our players, looking forward, pushing things out and I think that’s a part of it.

“Mark’s a very good player. I love everything about Mark: his personality. His ability, work ethic, demeanor, competitiveness. Got a great family. And again, he’s the type of guy we want to keep.”

DeCosta also said running back Gus Edwards, who is a restricted free agent, will be on the roster in 2021 “one way or the other.” If the team cannot reach a contract extension with the 25-year-old, Edwards will receive a restricted free agent tender, DeCosta said. Depending on the level of the tender, the designation would give the Ravens the opportunity to match a contract offer from an opposing team or entitle them to a draft pick should Edwards depart.

“He’s a Raven. He played his butt off this year and he had a good season for us,” DeCosta said.

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