KANSAS CITY, Mo. — According to reports, the Kansas City Chiefs and left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. did not reach an agreement on a long-term deal ahead of Friday’s deadline.
With training camp on the horizon, Brown and the Chiefs had been in negotiations for weeks since the left tackle hired Michael Portner as his agent.
There was optimism from both camps that a long term deal would get done, but as it drew closer, that optimism shrank and now Brown, who is franchise tagged for $16.6 million, could miss part of training camp.
Brown joined the Chiefs in a trade from the Baltimore Ravens before the 2021 season. At the time, he had one year left on his rookie contract.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Chiefs offered Brown the highest signing bonus and average-per-year amount for a left tackle on a six-year-deal. He added that Portner said they were close, but the security over the life of the contract was not enough.
“We got really close. 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 of security there,” Portner said via Pelissero.
In his lone year with Kansas City, Brown earned his third career Pro Bowl selection and helped lead the Chiefs’ revamped offensive line en route to the team’s fourth consecutive home AFC Championship.
Chiefs Training Camp starts Wednesday, July 27, and the first preseason game against the Chicago Bears is scheduled for Aug. 13.
Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals will kickoff at 3:25 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.