Brown’s talents demand it
More than anything else, it’s important to note that the Chiefs are backed into a corner when it comes to signing Orlando Brown Jr. because they want to be. It’s like saying the Chiefs are backed into a corner to sign Patrick Mahomes or Travis Kelce to a long-term extension. That’s because he’s the sort of talent that a team wants to keep around.
Orlando Brown has been named to the last three Pro Bowls in a four-year career. He literally just turned 26 years old, so even as he plays into his fifth season for the Chiefs, he’ll still be in his twenties. He came from high-performing bloodlines and he’s maintained that same standard after his first few NFL seasons, and he’s proven to be a quick learner in a new system or when learning a new side.
Brown’s size and strength alone nullifies every power rusher in the National Football League and even speed guys need extra time to work around his incredible stature. Mahomes was sacked at nearly half the rate of Joe Burrow last year, and there’s every reason to believe that this offensive line will continue to gel and get better as they develop further chemistry.
The Chiefs already have one of the top 10 tackles in the NFL and he’s young enough that he could still climb even higher. You pay for those talents without balking because that’s the price of doing business due to a barren market, a prized asset under center, and the divisional demands. Oh yeah, Brown just also happens to be worth it because he’s that good.