Kansas City Chiefs left offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. will report to camp on Monday and sign his franchise offer, sources told ESPN’s Robert Griffin III.
Blind guard quarterback Patrick Mahomes will play on the franchise tag this season after the two teams failed to reach a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline.
The Chiefs’ final offer to Brown was a six-year, $139 million deal that included a signing bonus of $30.25 million and $95 million over the first five years of the contract, a source says. close to the offer to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. A lack of security with no guaranteed money after the first two years derailed any deal, sources told Griffin III.
Brown will earn $16,662,000 on the franchise tag, which is the average of the top five earners in his position.
Because Brown had not signed his franchise offer, he was not subject to fines for not showing up for camp. He also skipped voluntary team practices and the Chiefs’ mandatory minicamp without risk of a fine.
The Chiefs rebuilt 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 package of four draft picks to the Baltimore Ravens that included a first-round pick to get him, and he was always expected to sign a long-term deal.
Brown started every game for the Chiefs last season, when he was selected for his third straight Pro Bowl, and helped lead a five-man squad of rookie center Creed Humphrey and right guard Trey Smith.