Kansas City Chiefs offensive left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. will report to camp Monday and sign his franchise bid, sources told ESPN’s Robert Griffin III.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ blindside protector will play on the franchise tag this season after the two teams failed to reach a long-term agreement before the July 15 deadline.
The Chiefs’ final offer to Brown was a six-year, $139 million contract that included a $30.25 million signing bonus and $95 million in the first five years of the contract, a source familiar with the offer said ESPN’s Adam Schefter. A lack of security with no guaranteed money after the first two years derailed any agreement, sources told Griffin III.
Brown will earn $16,662,000 from the franchise tag, which is the average of the top five salaries in his position.
Because Brown had not signed his franchise tender, he was not fined for not reporting to camp. He also skipped the team’s optional workouts and the Chiefs’ mandatory mini-camp without risking any fines.
The Chiefs were rebuilding their offensive line after a dismal performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl two years ago, and Brown was to be the cornerstone of that. The Chiefs sent a four-pick package to the Baltimore Ravens that included a first-round pick to get him, and all along it had been expected he’d sign a long-term contract.
Brown started in every game for the Chiefs last season when he was selected to his third straight Pro Bowl and helped tutor a front five that also included rookies in center Creed Humphrey and right guard Trey Smith.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34326899/sources-kansas-city-chiefs-lt-orlando-brown-jr-report-camp-sign-franchise-tender Kansas City Chiefs LT Orlando Brown Jr. to report to camp, sign franchise tender