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Ex-Raven Hollywood Brown’s rough start in Arizona continues with an arrest

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Former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown got off to a rough start with the Arizona Cardinals, first with a hamstring injury and now with an arrest plaguing the 2019 first-round pick.

Brown was placed on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) list on July 26 with a minor hamstring injury that sidelined him for the first few days of Cardinals training camp. He was activated by the NFI roster and had limited attendance at training camp on Aug. 2, but was absent on Aug. 3 after being arrested for criminal speeding, first reported by ArizonaSports.com.

“Brown was arrested at 7:05 a.m. in Phoenix and sent to the Maricopa County Jail,” wrote the Associated Press’s David Brandt.

The Cardinals issued a statement regarding Brown’s arrest: “We are aware of the situation regarding Hollywood Brown and have reported it to the NFL Bureau as required. We will comment further if necessary.”

Under Arizona state law, driving more than 20 mph over the posted speed limit constitutes excessive speeding, a Class 3 misdemeanor.

Court documents later showed Brown was driving 126 mph in a 65 mph zone. per Sarah Kenzele of ArizonaSports.com.

The Cardinals made no further statement on the situation, and head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s press conference at training camp ended before news of the arrest was released.

Brown’s arrest continues to mark a less-than-ideal start to his tenure with the Cardinals as he is still ramping up to full attendance following his hamstring injury.

He is still expected to be a key weapon for Kyler Murray this season, especially during Deandre Hopkins’ six-game suspension earlier in the season.

Brown is entering the fourth year of his rookie contract, with the Cardinals picking up his $13.4 million fully guaranteed fifth-year option almost immediately after trading for him in April.

But after watching fellow draftees like AJ Brown, DK Metcalf, Deebo Samuel and Terry McLaurin all sign deals worth more than $23 million a year in 2019, Brown is likely to take a long-term approach sooner rather than later Seek extension with the Cardinals.

Recent extensions for star quarterback Kyler Murray — another 2019 draftee — and left tackle DJ Humphries, as well as Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim show the Cardinals are committed to their current core. Trading a first-round pick for Brown shows Arizona also views him as part of their future, although forgoing such a prized draft capital will give the 25-year wideout additional leverage in future contract negotiations.

Though an NFC executive praised Arizona for trading Brown and called it “the best move of the offseason,” according to Heavy’s Matt Lombardo, it’s still not clear if the Ravens or the Cardinals won the trade.

Brown missed the first four days of Cardinals training camp, reps he needs to develop chemistry with Murray and the rest of the offense.

While the Ravens made a compensatory third-round pick — the 100th overall pick — along with Brown to earn the Cardinals’ 23rd overall pick, they traded back to the 25th pick and regained a fourth-rounder in the process.

Baltimore picked Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum at 25 and found a new starting center to snap the ball to Lamar Jackson with All-Pro potential. While there are some concerns about Linderbaum’s size and ability to fight taller defenders, he gets plenty of practice against Baltimore giants Michael Pierce and Travis Jones in training camp. The Ravens also used their additional fourth-round pick to draft punter Jordan Stout, who will take over after Sam Koch retires.

Time will tell if the Cardinals or the Ravens won the Hollywood Brown trade, depending on Brown and Linderbaum’s career paths. If Brown doesn’t evolve into more than an elite threat but still boasts top-notch receiver salary, the Ravens will likely be glad they walked away from him to solidify Jackson’s offensive line. But if Linderbaum can’t reach his All-Pro cap in Baltimore, the Ravens could reconsider dropping their most proven receiver without a clear backup.

Baltimore picked Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum at 25 and found a new starting center to snap the ball to Lamar Jackson with All-Pro potential. While there are some concerns about Linderbaum’s size and ability to fight taller defenders, he gets plenty of practice against Baltimore giants Michael Pierce and Travis Jones in training camp. The Ravens also used their additional fourth-round pick to draft punter Jordan Stout, who will take over after Sam Koch retires.



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