The Kansas City Chiefs have started contract extension talks with left tackle Orlando Brown, according to General Manager Brett Veach.
Brown, who was acquired by the Chiefs in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens in 2021, played under the franchise tag last season after turning down a 6-year, $139 million deal with a $30 million signing bonus.
The Chiefs are reportedly keen to secure a long-term deal with Brown, but if negotiations fall through, they will likely franchise him again for the upcoming season. This would mean Brown would play under the franchise tag for a second consecutive year, and the team would have until March 7th to work out a long-term deal.
Brown played a crucial role in the Chiefs’ offensive line last season, starting all 17 games and providing stability on the left side of a line that helped Patrick Mahomes win the Super Bowl while taking zero sacks during the game.
The 26-year-old has proven himself to be a reliable and talented left tackle, and the Chiefs would like to keep him on their roster for years to come.
With the NFL salary cap expected to increase in the coming years, Brown’s reported asking price of over $23 million per year. Negotiations are likely to be complicated, and it remains to be seen whether the two sides will be able to reach an agreement.
With Brown’s talent and reliability, he is an important piece of the Chiefs’ offensive line, and the team will be eager to keep him on their roster for years to come.