NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero shared that the Chiefs offered Brown the highest signing bonus and APY on a six-year deal.
Ultimately, Brown’s camp decided that the financial security throughout the deal wasn’t enough.
While the Chiefs might have thought that they have the leverage, they don’t have it because Brown hasn’t signed the $16.6 million franchise tag.
Therefore, the team cannot penalize him for missing training camp, and doing so puts pressure on General Manager Brett Veach to find a solution.
That said, the Film Room’s Brett Kollman proposed a solution that is fair to both sides.
The likely resolution for the Chiefs and Orlando Brown is a “top of the market” deal at 24M/year that KC can easily get out of in two years.
They’ll likely have north of 50 million in space next offseason just by moving on from Clark and extending Jones. It’s doable for them. https://t.co/X9CTHMM3o5
— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) July 13, 2022
Kollman tweeted, “The likely resolution for the Chiefs and Orlando Brown is a “top of the market” deal at 24M/year that KC can easily get out of in two years. They’ll likely have north of 50 million in space next offseason just by moving on from Clark and extending Jones. It’s doable for them.”
Making Both Sides Happy
Brown does not shy away from his desire to become the highest-paid left tackle in the league.
The $24 million Kollman proposed is $1 million less than what he sought.
Therefore, it’s still not quite the market reset Brown is looking for but it’s close.
Likewise, the opt-out after two years is crucial to re-sign him on a larger deal, especially with Frank Clark possibly gone.
Yes, the Chiefs have signed Patrick Mahomes to a ten-year, $450 million deal that takes effect this season.
But for the Chiefs to get their money’s worth on that deal, they would need people to protect him on the field.
Brown has proven that he can be that guy and he deserves to be paid accordingly for his important task.