Hollywood Brown Kept News of Possible Cardinals Trade Secret from Kyler Murray

Doric SamApril 29, 2022

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 26: Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown (5) looks on during a game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens on December 26, 2021, at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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In being traded from the Baltimore Ravens to the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, Marquise "Hollywood" Brown has been reunited with his college quarterback, Kyler Murray. But the wideout revealed he kept the deal a secret from his friend after it was finalized but before it was officially announced.

"I could have [told him], but I kind of wanted it to be a surprise for him as well," Brown told reporters during his introductory news conference in Arizona on Friday. "He knew it possibly could happen, but he didn't know it actually did happen."

Brown and Murray reportedly worked out together in Dallas during the offseason, but the receiver remained tight-lipped about his status. Whenever Murray would ask him about the possibility of Baltimore trading him, Brown would always respond: "I don't know, Kyler. I'm trying to find out."

While the news of Brown being traded came as a surprise, he had informed the Ravens a while ago that he wanted out. Brown said the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers had also engaged Baltimore in trade talks, but he always wanted to end up in Arizona.

"I always wanted it to be here," Brown said. "Me and Kyler talked about it back in January, February, and for it to actually happen, it's pretty crazy."

Brown and Murray were together with the Oklahoma Sooners during Murray's Heisman-winning 2018 season. Brown recorded 75 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns that year. 

In 2021, Brown topped 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his NFL career, finishing with 91 receptions for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns. He will have a chance to build off those numbers as part of a potent Arizona passing attack that features five-time All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins and veteran A.J. Green.