The Kansas City Chiefs and offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. failed to come to terms on a long-term contract extension before Friday's deadline for franchise-tagged players.
According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, former NFL offensive tackle Jammal Brown is serving as Brown's mentor and said he "didn't feel comfortable with the lack of security" the deal would have provided.
Brown's agent, Michael Portner, supported that assessment, telling NFL Network's Tom Pelissero: "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 or security there."
Per Pelissero, Portner also said the Chiefs offered Brown a six-year deal with the "highest" signing bonus and average salary per year.
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
No deal between Chiefs and Orlando Brown will get done today, but KC was aggressive.<br><br>Its final offer was a six-year, $139 million deal ($23.16M avg) that included a $30.25 million signing bonus and $95 million in first five years.<br><br>Both sides hope for new deal after this season.
Now, Brown will play under a one-year deal in 2022 at a salary just north of $16.6 million before being eligible to become a free agent again next offseason.
Kansas City acquired Brown in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens last offseason along with a 2021 second-round pick and 2022 sixth-round pick in exchange for a 2021 first-round pick, 2021 third-round pick, 2021 fourth-round pick and 2022 fifth-round pick.
The trade was part of the Chiefs' effort to overhaul their offensive line after quarterback Patrick Mahomes was under siege in a Super Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brown proved to be a quality addition, as he started all 16 regular-season games he appeared in and was named to the Pro Bowl for a third year in a row.
The 26-year-old Brown was originally selected by Baltimore in the third round of the 2018 NFL draft out of Oklahoma.
Brown became a starter in the second month of his rookie season and didn't miss a single game in his three seasons with the Ravens.
Although there is some uncertainty regarding Brown's long-term future in Kansas City, the Chiefs' offensive line in 2022 should be largely unchanged from what it was in 2021.
Brown, Joe Thuney, Creed Humphrey, Trey Smith, Andrew Wylie and Lucas Niang are all slated to be back this season, giving the Chiefs one of the most talented offensive lines in the NFL.
While the Chiefs' AFC West rivals all got better this offseason, and it can be argued that the Chiefs got worse with the departure of wide receiver Tyreek Hill, Mahomes and the offensive line should help ensure that Kansas City remains among the AFC's top teams.