In a surprising move it has been reported by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network that the Ravens have traded Chris Wormley to the Steelers.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be getting Chris Wormley and a 2021 seventh round pick for a 2021 fifth round pick. On face value the trade isn’t all that weird. The Ravens are loaded on the defensive line, want to free up a little cap space and the trade is about right if you’re going to do it. However trading a player to the Pittsburgh Steelers seems like something you can file in the feels wrong folder.
The Ravens don’t have to worry about defensive line depth. Jihad Ward, Justin Ellis and Daylon Mack still make a fairly good group of reserves for the starting three. It is a little frustrating to see Wormley go to a division rival, right when he was starting to become a very solid player.
It’s hard to call this trade a win. The Ravens are giving a solid player to their arch nemesis for next to nothing. If Eric DeCosta wasn’t sending a 2021 seventh round pick it would feel a little better. It’s also hard to get upset about this trade. If this trade was between the Ravens and the Arizona Cardinals it would quickly become an afterthought.
It gives the Ravens a little more cap room so it could be a means to an end kind of thing. Much like Sam Koch‘s extension it’s a minor headline that creates a bit more salary cap relief. That’s probably all this is. When the Ravens added Calais Campbell and Michael Brockers and re-signed two of their rotational defensive linemen it made an overstocked position group.
In general, things that are good for the Pittsburgh Steelers are not good for the Ravens. Wormley however doesn’t change much for the Steelers. They’ll like Wormley. He’s going to help them, but it’s not like this is a huge blockbuster move. Baltimore is getting something rather than cutting a player for nothing. That’s something.
Do I love this trade? No. Do I hate this trade? No. That’s the bottom line, it’s not a huge deal and we’ll have to see what comes next. Don’t expect to see the Ravens and Steelers do many more trades in the future. This is a little on the weird side.