Why Orlando Brown Jr. hasn’t signed a long-term deal with the Kansas City chiefs


Patrick Mahomes blindside protector Orlando Brown Jr. opted out of the long-term contract offered by the Kansas City Chiefs because there wasn’t enough money guaranteed after the first two years.

“There just wasn’t enough security there for Orlando,” Brown Jr.’s agent Michael Portner exclusively shared, “to dedicate six years of his career to the Chiefs.”

The deadline of Friday July 15 has passed. As a result, the 26-year-old offensive tackle can only sign a long-term deal with the Chiefs after the 2022 season.

This Friday 15th deadline, ESPN Adam Schefter reported that the Chiefs had offered a six-year, $139 million deal, including a $30.25 million signing bonus — amounts that would have topped Trent Williams of the San Francisco 49ers as the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman by total value, average annual value, and signing bonus.

Portner didn’t provide those numbers to Schefter, but said the dollar amounts he brought in were within the range of the Chiefs’ dazzling offer.

“Once you get past those flashy numbers and dig deep into the intricacies,” he said, “there wasn’t enough commitment from the organization beyond the brand of two years.”

By placing the non-exclusive franchise tag on Brown Jr. in March, the Chiefs had leverage. Their contract proposal was structured in such a way that Brown Jr.’s camp feared that several offensive linemen, who were less talented than the three-time Pro Bowler, would outmatch Brown Jr. in compensation as he entered his thirties, an age where linemen are still very productive.

Now Brown Jr. has until Week 10 to sign the $16.7 million tender.

“We are weighing all the options right now,” Portner said.

Those options include signing the tender before the Chiefs veterans show up for training camp on July 26, missing part of training camp, missing all of training camp and missing part of the regular season.

One scenario that won’t happen is Brown Jr. getting traded.

“He can only play for the Chiefs now this year,” Portner said. “We didn’t want to do (a trade). It was never really in the bag.

Brown Jr. emphasized that he wanted to remain Mahomes’ left tackle. It’s a role he’s very proud of.

The quarterback and offensive tackle are close, and their young daughters even hung out together last month.

“When it comes to loving the Chiefs and loving football, there’s no one in this building who loves it as much as he does,” Mahomes said. “What is always difficult is the commercial side. I mean, we all want to support our long-term families and future generations.

The Browns have been playing in the NFL for generations. Brown Jr.’s father, Orlando Brown Sr., started 119 games with the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.

Nicknamed “Zeus,” Brown Sr. last played in the NFL in 2005, then died less than 10 years later due to diabetic ketoacidosis.

Those struggles with kidney disease helped forge a bond between Brown Jr. and Portner, 27, whose father is a nephrologist (kidney doctor) in the Mississippi Delta.

After Portner became Brown Jr.’s agent in early June, he had an introductory phone call with the Chiefs. Frequent negotiations by e-mail, SMS and phone calls followed.

“Everything was very professional,” he said. “It never reached an unpleasant point.”

Optimism remains that Brown Jr. will not only play for the Chiefs in 2022, but in the future as well.

“We left everything on a high note. We’re going to let Orlando determine his next few weeks,” Portner said. “We’re now excited to hope Orlando goes out there and really, really proves he’s worth a long-term commitment from the Chiefs.”


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