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Chiefs and Brown unable to reach long-term deal

Orlando Brown Jr. will make $16.7million under the franchise tag in 2022, but his future beyond that remains unsure.

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Chiefs and Brown unable to reach long-term deal

The Kansas City Chiefs and offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. were unable to agree to a long-term contract, missing Friday’s deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign multi-year deals. Brown will make $16.7million under the franchise tag in 2022, but his future beyond that remains unsure.

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The Chiefs acquired Brown, 26, from the Baltimore Ravens last off-season, and he started 16 games last season protecting Patrick Mahomes’ blindside. According to reports, the Chiefs had offered Brown a six-year contract that could be worth over $131m, but Brown’s agent, Michael Portner, balked at the lack of guarantees, especially late in the deal. “We got really close,” Portner told NFL Network. “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 or security there.”

Mitchell Schwartz retires

NFL Network previously reported that Brown would not report to the start of the Chiefs’ minicamp on 26 July, but the player has yet to declare his intentions. The stand-off between Brown and the Chiefs comes after long-time right tackle Mitchell Schwartz announced his retirement due to complications from a lingering back injury.

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