Chiefs Decide Fate of LT Orlando Brown Jr.: Report

Getty Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr.


fter attempting to work out a long-term deal with starting left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., the Kansas City Chiefs have made a final decision on Brown’s future with the team.

Kansas City and Brown could not come to an agreement on a long-term deal ahead of the July 15, 4 p.m. eastern time deadline, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

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Per Pelissero, Kansas City offered Brown the highest signing bonus and average per year on a six-year deal, “but Brown’s team decided there wasn’t enough security over the life of the deal.”

Along with a long-term deal not being agreed upon, Brown has also not signed his franchise tender, per Pelissero, which would pay him a fully guaranteed $16.7 million in 2022.

Will he show up for the start of #Chiefs training camp or Week 1? [Michael] Portner said those will be Brown’s decisions to make and everything is still being weighed,” Pelissero wrote. 

Twitter users have begun reacting to the news.

“I like the guy but you started ONE year at LT in the NFL. You are not rated very good in pass protection. The chiefs pass the ball bro. I would’ve taken that money and ran,” one Twitter user wrote.

“I love OBJr but this just isn’t right. He’s a good, solid Top 10 LT. However he’s acting like he’s top 5 when he’s not close,” another user wrote.

“Wtf. Brown is a solid LT but thinking he’s gonna get Trent Williams money is stupid. If we didn’t pay tyreek why would we pay him?” another user wrote.

Brown Hired Agent from Delta Sports Group

Brown, who was franchise-tagged on March 7 by the Chiefs, hired Michael Portner of Delta Sports Group as his agent on June 2, according to Garafolo.

“At this point in my life, I realize that my career is bigger than my next football contract,” Brown wrote in a statement released by DSG and shared by Garafolo. “Michael [Portner] stood out to me because we relate to each other on a personal level. From an early age, we were both exposed to the negative effects of diabetes. His father is a nephrologist in the Mississippi Delta. My father died of diabetic ketoacidosis and my younger brother has diabetes. Our common view on these types of real-world issues will result in meaningful work in our communities. I am so excited for this next chapter of my life with Michael.”

Why Would Brown Choose Portner?

Brown will be Portner’s first-ever client. Garafolo further detailed Brown’s motivation for hiring Portner.

“Another factor in Brown signing with Portner, I’m told, is he wanted an agent who didn’t have prior relationships or friendships with any GMs. Portner will be negotiating his first NFL contract, and Brown looked at that as a positive,” Garafolo wrote.

Portner told Taylor that he had his first meeting with Kansas City on Monday, June 6.

“We had a really good conversation,” Portner told The Athletic. “I respect the way they do business. I feel confident we’re going to get something done that makes sense for us and them and really does put Orlando in the category where he deserves to be. We’re going to explore all the options.”


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