According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero, the Baltimore Ravens have traded defensive lineman Chris Wormley to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens are sending Wormley and a 2021 seventh-round draft pick to the Steelers in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round draft pick.
#Ravens are in the process of finalizing a trade for DL Chris Wormley, source says. The 2017 third-round pick will be moving on after Baltimore acquired Calais Campbell and Michael Brockers.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 20, 2020
Trade! The #Steelers are finalizing a deal to send a fifth-round pick in 2021 to the #Ravens for DL Chris Wormley and a seventh-round pick in 2021, source said. A rare intradivision trade. As @MikeGarafolo said, Wormley on the move.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 20, 2020
The Baltimore Ravens decided to move on from Chris Wormley after the team acquired defensive linemen Calais Campbell and Michael Brockers earlier this week. The former 2017 third-round draft pick was simply the odd man out on the defensive line.
The former Michigan Wolverine played three seasons in Baltimore. During those three seasons, he appeared in 39 games and started in 15. He recorded 35 solo tackles, 19 assists, 2.5 sacks, 4 tackles for loss and nine quarterback hits.
The Baltimore Ravens save $2.1 million in cap space in 2020 by trading Wormley. The move makes sense for Baltimore not only because it frees cap, but because the Ravens can move on from Wormley while upgrading the rest of the defensive line. Wormley would get very few snaps in the Ravens’ new crowded defensive line. He has a much better chance to contribute to the Steelers than he does with the Ravens at this point.
This trade marks only the second time in history that the Baltimore Ravens engaged in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The last time it happened? 1998, just the franchise’s third year of existence. The 1998 Ravens traded a seventh-round draft pick, number 199 overall for Bernard Dafney, an offensive guard/tackle that played college ball at Tennessee.
This is the third trade the Ravens executed so far this offseason. Baltimore started the week on Sunday by trading a fifth-round pick for Calais Campbell. On Monday, the Ravens traded Hayden Hurst to the Atlanta Falcons, ultimately gaining a second-round pick in this year’s draft. The Ravens will not see the fruits of the Chris Wormley trade until the 2021 draft.