Chiefs LT Brown Reportedly In Camp, Ready To Sign Franchise Tag

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. went to the pads for the Kansas City Chiefs on the same day, reported in training camp Monday, giving Patrick Mahomes plenty of time to hit his blinding defender ahead of their preseason opener.

Brown and the Chiefs were working on a long-term contract throughout the offseason, but the sides were unable to come together before the mid-July deadline.

The Browns eventually declined the Chiefs’ final offer of six years and nearly $140 million—with $30.25 million due for signing—and decided to play the season on the franchise tag.

In fact, Brown is gambling that his game this season will be an even bigger deal next season.

“It’s hard to copy the pace of the game and the uniforms and so on – helmets and pads – when you’re doing stuff on your own. You have to go through it to perfect yourself and he understands that, “He just has to catch up on the new stuff and then the conditioning stuff,” head coach Andy Reid said after practice on a hot, humid morning.

Brown, who would be owed approximately $16.7 million under the franchise tag, skipped the off-season schedule and the first week of camp, although he was not fined because he was not under contract. He still wasn’t on the field on Monday as he entered camp, but is expected to practice this week; The Chiefs opened Precision on August 13 in Chicago.

“You have a right to throw him back in and go,” Reid said. “When he comes here, we will talk to him and see where he is.”

Roderick Johnson has been playing left tackle with the first team during the first week of camp, and this could give him the inside track when he is the primary backup. He appeared in 29 games with six starts over three seasons in Houston.

While Johnson earned rave reviews, the importance of having the Chiefs’ best offensive line on the field was evident on Monday when Jeb was pushed back and Mahomes put his foot forward. The Pro Bowl quarterback walked off the field and spent time with trainer Rick Burkholder before returning for the final jogging and stretching.

Mahomes isn’t expected to miss any time in the camp, but the close call is exactly what the 26-year-old Brown is expected to help prevent that from happening. He allowed only four sacks and 37 pressures in his first season with Kansas City, and no sacks in the Chiefs’ final five regular-season games.

With a 6-foot-8, 360-pound Brown on the field, the Chiefs returned their full offensive line from last season.

And given that 29-year-old leftist Joe Thuney is the elder statesman, and 23-year-old Creed Humphrey at center and Trey Smith at right guard have a year’s experience, the group could make a dramatic move this season.

“Everyone in this building loves the Big O,” Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said with a smile. “Hopefully we get him here and get used to as soon as possible. It’s been a different locker room (without him at camp). Such a big dude, big personality. He breathes a lot of life into the group and I’m going to get him back.” I am happy to have

Comments: Reid said not concerned about Mahomes’ ankle. “He moved on,” Reid said. “He is alright.” … TE Jody Fortson (quad) does conditioning and rehab work after injury in Saturday’s workout. … Kelsey is among several players who complained about the new Guardian Caps, which require some players to wear their helmets during practice during the first two preseason games. They are designed to reduce the impact of helmet-to-helmet hits. “We’re out there wearing these mushroom caps that are putting weight on our heads,” Kelsey said. “Hopefully we get rid of them.”

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