The Kansas City Chiefs and left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. they failed to agree to a long-term deal before Friday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, leaving the blindside protector for quarterback Patrick Mahomes playing under the franchise tag this season.
The Chiefs’ final offer to Brown was a six-year, $139 million deal that included a $30.25 million signing bonus and $95 million over the first five years of the contract, a source familiar with the offer told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. .
Although the two sides did not reach an agreement, both sides say they expect a new deal after this season, a source said. Brown this season will earn $16,662,000 on the franchise tag, which represents the average of the top five salaries at his job.
Along with Brown, the tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, Dalton Schultztight end for the Miami Dolphins, Mike Gesickiand Cincinnati Bengals safety, Jessie Bates IIIare now set to play the 2022 season under their one-year franchise agreements.
Until Brown signs his contract offer, he can skip training camp, just as he did with the Chiefs’ voluntary workouts and mandatory minicamp, without risking any kind of fine.
However, you would lose valuable practice and conditioning time.
“He’s a young guy, so there’s a lot of room to grow,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said at the end of minicamp last month. “He’s programmed the right way to do that, to attack that. I know he’s been training and doing the things he needs to do to get ready for camp. He’s a young guy who’s new to the position, he’s on the rise, I would hope “.
The Chiefs rebuilt their offensive line after a dismal performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl two years ago, and Brown was expected to be the cornerstone of it. The Chiefs sent a package of four draft picks to the Baltimore Ravens that included a first-round pick to get him, and the expectation all along has been that he would sign a long-term deal.
Brown started every game for the Chiefs last season, when he was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl, and helped guide the forward five that included two rookies, center Creed Humphrey and the right guard Trey Smith.
“We love Orlando here. He’s a good human being and he’s a good professional,” Reid said. “He’s grown up surrounded by it. I think he’s well represented. So we just have to keep working.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.