Orlando Brown Jr.’s extension talks stalled until he hires agent

Orlando Brown #57 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Orlando Brown #57 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The lack of any official agent for Orlando Brown Jr. is what is stalling his contract extension talks with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Perhaps the single biggest transaction left for the Kansas City Chiefs to make this offseason—the one that is at least a predictable move—is the much-discussed contract extension for Orlando Brown Jr. Through a few months of the offseason, nothing is done yet, and according to head coach Andy Reid, the team is still waiting for Brown to hire an agent to get something done.

In an offseason in which the Chiefs have watched several veteran players leave via trade or free agency—including Tyrann Mathieu, Anthony Hitchens, and Tyreek Hill—the idea of locking up Brown is a nice change of pace, a bit of security at an important position. The only question is when will they get something done,

Earlier this week, the Chiefs gathered for their first round of offseason workouts in phase three of OTAs. Most players were present, but Brown was not. However, Reid provided an update for reporters on both the contract and Brown’s physical shape.

"“He’s still working to get an agent,” Reid said of Brown. “He’s interviewing these different people. So once he gets that taken care of, we’ll be able to roll. I know he’s working out down in Florida. So he is getting his work in."

The Chiefs knew they’d have to cross this bridge at some point the very moment they traded for Brown last offseason in order to fill the void at left tackle. After the team made the decision to release Eric Fisher—who remains a free agent this offseason, too—they chased Trent Williams in free agency before trading their first-round pick in a bigger deal for Brown and other assets with the Baltimore Ravens. Even then Brown was vocal about wanting to be paid like a left tackle and desired long-term security.

In order to retain roster control over Brown, the Chiefs extended the franchise tag to him earlier this offseason. At the very least, that keeps him under team control through 2022.

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