Chiefs rumors: Orlando Brown extension will happen before July 15

Orlando Brown #57 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Orlando Brown #57 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

According to a report from Jordan Schultz, the Kansas City Chiefs are going to get a new contract done for Orlando Brown Jr. by July 15.

Just in case there was any doubt as to whether or not Orlando Brown Jr. was in the long-term plans for the Kansas City Chiefs, the latest post from NFL reporter Jordan Schultz of The Game Day says the Chiefs want to get a contract extension done with Brown sometime in the next six weeks.

Schultz notes that Chiefs general manager Brett Veach is sold on Brown as the franchise left tackle and that something should be done before the league’s franchise tag deadline.

The deadline in question is the NFL’s date by which any player who has been tagged must either have arrived at a long-term contract extension or play out the upcoming season on the amount designated by the tag. This means if the Chiefs and Brown cannot reach an agreement by July 15, then Brown will not have any chance at long-term security until after the ’22 season is over. It also means the Chiefs must pay Brown $16.6 million in the coming year, regardless of how they feel about it.

There is significant upside for both player and team here to get a job done. The Chiefs would likely want to defer some of that cost into the future as the cap rises, which means they should negotiate a deal to get the staggered cap amounts they want. As for Brown, he risks an injury or some other surprise getting in the way of long-term security if he doesn’t find a way to agree with the team.

The Chiefs clearly like Brown and they also don’t want this hanging over anyone’s head as the regular season arrives. There are bigger things to worry about—although not in actual stature—which means the Chiefs and Brown will find room for an agreement sometime soon.

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