Andy Reid: I don’t know if Orlando Brown will be at training camp

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After placing the franchise tag on left tackle Orlando Brown in March, the Chiefs could not come to a long-term agreement with him by last week’s deadline.

Brown also hasn’t signed his franchise tender, so he technically won’t be fined if he declines to report to training camp.

With rookies and quarterbacks already in camp, head coach Andy Reid said on Friday that even he’s not sure if Brown will show up.

“You know, I don’t know that. So I don’t know whether he’s going to be here or not,” Reid said in his press conference. “If he’s here, great. And if he’s not, we move on. That’s how we’ve done it in the past. This isn’t the first time I’ve been through something like this. So my thing is, we just go. And whoever the next guy is that’s going to step in there — we know [left guard] Joe Thuney can do it in a heartbeat. So if we need to go that direction, we can go that direction. We’ve got some new faces in there that can also do it.”

Though Reid mentioned Thuney by name, he later said that the team isn’t at the point where it needs to figure out Brown’s replacement.

When asked if he was surprised a deal did not get done with Brown, Reid somewhat shrugged it off by saying, “things happen.”

“That’s the name of this game, where we are today,” Reid said. “It’s probably been that way for a number of years — go back to Babe Ruth moving to the Yankees from the Red Sox. [You have] a great player, this type of thing in professional sports goes on. And you work through it. You work through it as a player, you work through it as a team, and move forward.”

Should Brown elect to stay away from camp, Reid said it would be hard for the left tackle to make that time up.

“I mean, I would tell you, when you miss, you miss,” Reid said. “That’s just logical. But to say he doesn’t have a foundation, I mean, he has a foundation of the plays that we run and the things we do. But he missed all of OTAs and all that, so the new stuff that we’ve put in, that’s where he’ll have to catch up.”

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes said in his Friday press conference that he’s kept up with Brown over the course of the offseason, praising the left tackle’s football IQ. But the signal-caller also didn’t know if he’ll have his usual blindside protector when training camp begins.

The Chiefs acquired Brown from the Ravens in April 2021. He started 16 games for Kansas City last season and was selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl.

21 responses to “Andy Reid: I don’t know if Orlando Brown will be at training camp

  1. Andy has moved on. Wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the Chiefs trade him. They will be fine without him.

  2. Brown should wait until Week 8 to report. When teams use the franchise tag, players should make it hurt as much as possible. He is not under contract. Play just enough games to get his year of service.

  3. The troll energy is strong on this thread. Andy just deliberately yet subtly let Brown know that the Chiefs will go on with or without him. If he’s listening, Brown will miss enough camp to make a statement, but he’ll show up. He’s already screwed up once by refusing the deal. If he holds out through camp, he’s pretty much done as a Chief.

  4. ghostofhenrystram says:
    July 22, 2022 at 5:57 pm
    Andy has moved on. Wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the Chiefs trade him. They will be fine without him.
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    He hasn’t signed the tag, so he can’t be taxed-yet. Who wants to give up draft picks and pay this guy the kind of money he wants?

  5. You could see this day coming from the combine, poor work ethic.
    Better right tackle then left tackle.
    Guarantee he mails it in when he gets paid. Take that to the bank.

  6. Christopher Allan says:
    July 22, 2022 at 7:49 pm
    ghostofhenrystram says:
    July 22, 2022 at 5:57 pm
    Andy has moved on. Wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the Chiefs trade him. They will be fine without him.
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    He hasn’t signed the tag, so he can’t be taxed-yet. Who wants to give up draft picks and pay this guy the kind of money he wants?

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    Your favorite GM and moron, Brett Veach?

    The fade comes quick and it comes hard once it starts up. They didn’t have a contract before the deal because of cap hell and irresponsible contracts because he waited too long to sign his best draft picks.

    Chiefs OL is in a shambles.

  7. Sounds like a take it or leave it offer. Brown doesn’t want it and if he is actually not under contract then Reid is going to move on. Dude just blew off alot of money.

  8. Brown needs to fire his idiot agent. Dude you just cost your client life changing money because you wanted to make a name for yourself. Chiefs are done with Brown and be prepared to sign one year contracts for the next couple of years and hope your client doesn’t get injured.

  9. Training camp is not the same as the season. But Andy has already won a super bowl without Orlando Brown. He knows he doesn’t need him. It’s a nice luxury to have, but Andy doesn’t need to lose any sleep. Andy’s seen this song and dance before. 95% of the time the guy plays in week 1. But like I said, nobody named Orlando Brown was on Andy’s super bowl winning roster.

  10. KC made the championship game with Brown and he earned a pro bowl at LT…. How’d the ravens do?

  11. Orlando Brown only recently hired his agent. It sounds like the agent has taken a simple five card draw game and unnecessarily made it Texas Hold ‘Em. Perhaps there an over/under as to how long he remains Brown’s agent will emerge.

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