Baltimore Sun

Chiefs’ Brown to play on franchise tag


The Chiefs and Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. failed to reach a long-term deal before Friday’s deadline, leaving the blindside protector for quarterbac­k Patrick Mahomes playing on the franchise tag this season. The Chiefs had been optimistic that they could sign Brown, whom they acquired from the Ravens for a package of draft picks prior to last season, to a long-term contract. But negotiatio­ns were slowed initially as Brown settled on representa­tion, and then it became increasing­ly clear as time ran out that the sides remained far apart. The Chiefs made a final pitch of six years and nearly $140 million, with $30.25 million guaranteed at signing, which would have made Brown one of the league’s highest-paid left tackles. The question facing the Chiefs now is whether Brown will report to training camp next week. The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on the 26-year-old tackle, which means he would play next season for $16.7 million whenever he decides to sign the contract tender. But until that happens, Brown can skip training camp without risking any sort of fine.

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