Chiefs, Orlando Brown got “really close” but couldn’t reach long-term agreement

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As July 15th began, there was little optimism that any of the remaining franchisee-tagged players would reach a long-term deal with their respective clubs.

But that didn’t stop the Chiefs from making a final run at left tackle Orlando Brown.

Unfortunately for Kansas City, it didn’t work.

According to NFL Media, Kansas City offered Brown the highest signing bonus and average money per year on a six-year deal for a left tackle — exceeding the marks set by San Francisco’s Trent Williams. And the Chiefs were willing to fully guarantee money through the 2023 season. But Brown and his team decided that they wanted more security over the life of the contract and rejected the offer.

We got really close,” Brown’s agent Michael Portner told NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero. “We enjoyed 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.”

Brown has not yet signed his $16.7 million franchise tender, which means he is technically not under contract and would not be subject to fines for missing training camp. Portner noted it’s up to Brown whether or not he shows up and those decisions are still being weighed.

The Chiefs acquired Brown last year from the Ravens with the intention of making him their long-term left tackle. Brown was selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl last season, starting 16 regular-season games for Kansas City and all three postseason contests. He was on the field for every offensive snap for each game he played.

39 responses to “Chiefs, Orlando Brown got “really close” but couldn’t reach long-term agreement

  1. Wow. I’m shocked that he wasn’t signed. Much to valuable to not get resolved.

  2. Umm, no, it’s because he has leverage on them and KC is tight up agains the cap with bloated deals for the next couple of years until Kelce retires and they start trading people like Chris Jones off to rebuild for real.

    The teams that don’t take the cap seriously are the ones that mask their issues and then end up totally losing it, missing the playoffs for successive years like Baltimore did, for example.

    At some point, it catches up to you. It’s called hubris.

  3. Why is it only “unfortunately” for Kansas City? If Brown suffers a career ending injury this year, it will be “unfortunate” for him. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. Too much greed doesn’t work. The Chiefs made a great offer and Brown should have accepted.

  4. Trent Williams just might be the greatest o lineman of this century, and definitely over the past decade, so for Orlando to pass up on surpassing Trent’s gigantic contract, just goes to show he has a lot of growing up to do, and possibly that he will do that growing up somewhere other than kansas city

  5. He wanted another year or two of guaranteed money. Makes sense. He’ll get that on the open market.

  6. It was already a bad sign when he wanted out of Baltimore because he wasn’t a LT.

  7. Hold firm and bleed those rich Oligarchs! Your body will be mangled by age 40 and the 70-something Oligarchs will be getting massages and tropical drinks on their mega yachts

  8. Schwartz just retired and I don’t think KC a O LINEMAN high…so they got that against him. BROWN wants as much as he can get now and in the future .so you see his point. I think if there is no give or take both will lose.

  9. Good work by an agent who has never gotten a contract signed from an NFL player… Wait what…. Highest paid player at the position and he doesn’t sign…. It’s a business, if Brown is as good as he thinks, the guaranty long term wouldn’t matter. If he plays well he’d just make more money later on even if KC did cut him after 1 year. Sounds like he wants to get paid; then layback and collect a check. Trade him, he was a pro bowler because of the pieces around him, he’s not “the piece”.

  10. KC is not up against the cap, so the comments suggesting that is the reason really don’t know what they are talking about.

    But KC wont overpay. They have a value for every player and wont go over that. Whether or not you agree with it, that has always been the way Andy Reid teams operate.

  11. This is what happens when you pay a king’s ransom for your QB. (See Green Bay)
    The slow unraveling of KC’s roster has begun in earnest and is the start of their downfall as their cap hell is just beginning. Lost their best WR, best safety and leader of their defense and now their LT after giving up so much to acquire him for what is now a one year rental.
    Meanwhile, the rest of the AFC West has improved dramatically. KC will be lucky to make the playoffs this year.

  12. Ravens made the right call trading him…they saw this coming despite their own issues at tackle.

  13. I would never trade for a franchise-level player without an extension in agreement if not signed. They have all the leverage once you trade for them. Dumb or desperate or both to do so. The writing and trends are there, if they won’t with the org team they will grab you by the balls and get everything. If they want out the team and them should be able to do a deal over the phone pretrade.

  14. It seems every good to very good player either has to get a record setting deal or they won’t show up, they’ll hold out, etc.,etc. Signing a very good deal is far superior to holding out for the highest deal ever for that position group. The list of players getting injured and losing big money far surpasses the few who’ve beaten the system(Cousins).

  15. Michael Portner (Brown’s agent) states, “…I’m not gonna let these athletes sign a flashy contract without the substance or security there.” “These athletes?” What athletes? This is his one and only client.

  16. The Ravens look like geniuses getting 4 picks for Brown and a 2nd rounder. That included the Chiefs 1st rounder.

  17. They offered Brown top LT money to an average LT and he turned it down? You can’ make this up. Good luck with your new team next year. Good luck getting that Trent Williams money from someone else too.

  18. I’m sure they wanted more guaranteed money. Problem is that his play didn’t warrant the money he wanted. Chiefs were willing to pay well and let him earn it and he refused. Huge blunder by Brown and his rookie agent.

    Betting this will be Brown’s final season in KC.

  19. Chiefs offered Brown this massive contract and you morons think he didn’t sign it because the chiefs have cap issues?
    Also they didn’t give that much for him, they traded their first , 4th and 5th for Baltimores 2nd(Nick Bolton) and a 6th. If brown leaves in FA, they get a 3rd rd comp pick.

  20. The Chiefs traded a 1st rounder for a 1 year deal for a pro bowler. The league wanted LA to win a SB so Pat and the league gave them Cinci. Not sure KC can get a 1st rounder for him, but the difference is he earned A pro bowl at LT with KC, so that should make it possible. If they can get their 1st back, no loss, they made it to the Championship game. I’d rather have a better line across the board than 1 LT and sole scrubs. KC has drafted well so the line is cheap and good for a few years, even without Brown.

  21. I’d say too bad for Orlando Brown. So glad the Chiefs didn’t overpay for this guy. The Chiefs have got him locked down for 2 years for 36 million if they want or they can trade him and take a tackle #1 next off season.

  22. How is it only $16.7M? I would think the average for linemen would be well above $20M with the contracts that Williams, Bahktiari and others have signed recently…

  23. Chiefs are in excellent cap position. Brown, Smith-Schuster, Hardman & Thornhill are their only major free agents next year, and if they don’t bring any of those B-players back, they can restructure Mahomes, cut Frank Clark, and even trade Chris Jones and have $85 million cap space. If they wanted to go on a major spending spree, they could free up even more by extending or restructuring several others, including Kelce & Thuney.

    That’s PLENTY of room for them to do anything they want. Skyy Moore is going to be the slot in 2023, not JuJu, so they’ll have $85 million to sign a LT, DE, DT and maybe an outside receiver. And they kill it in the draft, where they currently are expected to have 12 picks, including (2) 3’s and (2) 4’s.

    I think Brett Veach will figure it out.

  24. The Chiefs’ need to beware of the Sunk Cost Fallacy. Yea they paid a lot to rent Orlando Brown for a year, but they can’t let that dictate the future. Now that all the big money is gone they should just pull the tag from Brown, bring back Eric Fisher for a year and draft an LT as high as they can next year. He will probably end up having to play for less than the 16 million the tag gives him this year, hope that he plays at a high level and doesn’t get hurt, then pray that he can get a good contract next year.

  25. We still have a few hours before the window is closed. Why is this being reported by the agent as if there’s not time to still get a deal done? Cuz it’s lunchtime and he wants to get one last KC BBQ meal in before the Chiefs move on from this situation if Brown wants more than what’s already a market setting deal?

  26. Brown’s agent should be talking to the Chiefs until 4:00pm and not a reporter.

  27. I think Orlando Brown knows there’s no guarantee he’s going to play at a high level for most of the contract or even the next couple of years so that’s why they want more guaranteed years. Why else would you turn down being the highest paid LT in NFL history on a perennial Super Bowl contender?

  28. I like Orlando Brown Jr, but he seems to want Top 3 LT money and he just isn’t that. I’d rather weather this current storm than give out a poor contract and suffer later.

  29. The extension should have gotten done as part of the trade. Not doing that gives up too much leverage in the negotiation. Look at Seattle with the Adams deal vs Philadelphia with the Brown deal. It’s just bad business.

  30. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    July 15, 2022 at 12:23 pm
    The Chiefs are in caphell
    —————————————-
    Ha! Have you been to Over The Cap recently? The team with the least amount of cap space is your Patriots!

    Talk about CAP HELL!

  31. touchback6 says:
    July 15, 2022 at 11:40 am
    Umm, no, it’s because he has leverage on them and KC is tight up agains the cap with bloated deals for the next couple of years until Kelce retires and they start trading people like Chris Jones off to rebuild for real.

    The teams that don’t take the cap seriously are the ones that mask their issues and then end up totally losing it, missing the playoffs for successive years like Baltimore did, for example.

    At some point, it catches up to you. It’s called hubris

    ——-

    Kind of like it caught up to the Pats in the post-Brady era. One postseason miss followed by a postseason humiliation to a division rival. This year….who knows…we shall see. It looks like Buffalo’s division for the foreseeable future.

  32. for all the cap and front office gurus if the Chiefs tag brown next year as well he’s still making less than 25 million a year so I’m not sure where you get your info from but you might want a new source.

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