Chiefs Bash OT Orlando Brown Jr. for Rejecting Long-Term Deal: Report

Orlando Brown Jr.

Getty Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. on August 20, 2021.

The Kansas City Chiefs and starting left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. were unable to come to an agreement on a long-term deal prior to the July 15, 4 p.m. eastern time deadline, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

On top of that, Brown still hasn’t signed his franchise tender with the Chiefs, which would pay him a fully guaranteed $16.7 million for the 2022 season, per Pelissero. Not signing his tender also means if Brown wants to sit out training camp this summer he can’t be fined by the team for doing so.

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The deal Kansas City offered Brown was essentially a five-year contract that would have paid him $91 million, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Media. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated also shared that Kansas City’s offer to Brown included $38 million fully guaranteed and $52 million in injury guarantees.

The Chiefs were willing to guarantee his money through the 2023 season, per Garafolo. However, Brown and his agent, Michael Portner of Delta Sports Group, felt that the contract didn’t provide much stability for the left tackle in the backend of the deal, according to Pelissero.

“We got really close,” Portner told Pelissero. “We dealing with the Chiefs and we understand their position as well. I’m not gonna let these athletes sign a flashy contract without the substance or security there.”

In wake of Brown rejecting Kansas City’s long-term offer and not yet signing his franchise tender, the Chiefs’ front office has spoken up about their thoughts regarding Brown.

Chiefs Frustrated Over Brown’s Decision

While appearing on NFL Network, NFL Media’s Jeffri Chadiha shared what he’s hearing from the Chiefs regarding Brown rejecting the team’s long-term offer.

“There was frustration and there was disappointment,” Chadiha said of the Chiefs on July 19. “They really like Orlando Brown Jr. and they love having him be a part of this team, but the money he was asking for was too high for them. They don’t want to not have stability at left tackle here, but they also don’t want to pay top-of-the-market money for a player that they don’t think is the best player at his position in the NFL.”

Chadiha also shared some strong remarks from one Kansas City front office person.

“One front office person said, ‘This isn’t the same guy that we traded for.’ The feeling there is that when they got him from Baltimore is that he was going to be a team player and work with them on a team-friendly type of deal. That was not the case. Right now we’re looking at a situation where Orlando Brown probably won’t be there for training camp and maybe won’t be there for Week 1.”

Twitter Reacts to Brown News

Twitter users reacted to Chadiha reporting the Chiefs’ comments about Brown.

“Why as a front office would you count on a player to take a pay cut? Seriously if this is how the Chiefs evaluate & make trades, somebody needs to lose their job. This is now the second time we have traded our 1st round pick for a guy who hasn’t met expectations,” one Twitter user wrote.

“This is a bad process by KC. Don’t ever expect a player to take a team friendly deal. They did it correct and not giving him a record setting deal but assuming he would is not smart,” another user wrote.

“Aye it is what it is man, give us a good year and do what you gotta do we got business to take care of this year,” another user wrote.


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George Keough
George Keough
4 months ago

I think the Chiefs need to set a standard for the NFL and let these players understand that they arent the ones in control when they dont possess unique elite talent. They should give him that $16,000,000 and then if HE decides to sit during camp then keep him on the bench the whole season, and deny him practice field time the whole season as well. Let him get soft. Other teams will take notcie he’s going to be rusty. His offers will pale in comparison. Make them regret their greed.

Cheb Ornek
Cheb Ornek
4 months ago

He’s an average left tackle and on this current Chiefs line, he’s the 4th best/talented offensive lineman. He hasn’t proven that he’s capable of being an elite NFL left tackle, struggling to protect Patrick Mahomes’ blind side. He surrendered way too many hurries, hits and sacks last year on passing plays to expect to be rewarded with a long term 2nd contract which also pays him 3 or 4 or 5 guaranteed years of multiple million$ of bux. Pound sand with the franchise tag and prove this year that you’re the man for the position – last year he squandered his prime opportunity to do so.

Richard Spurgeon
Richard Spurgeon
4 months ago

Chief’s fans do not be upset at Brown. I saw him the other day and looks the best I’ve ever seen him. He is ready to play but they don’t want to pay a Pro bowl player as they have dished out multi millions of other playmakers. You have to have experience and quality protecting QB’s blind side. Give the Big guy some support. The Chiefs all through last year touted his (Brown’s praises) only to …….

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