Will Orlando Brown show up soon?
Everyone is saying all the right things about Orlando Brown’s absence from camp—namely that players and coaches alike will welcome him with arms wide open when he wants to join the team (cue Creed jokes). That’s good news for a situation that could turn ugly if one side wants to turn up the drama and/or become a distraction.
But at this point, however, Brown is going to have to give up his pouting sessions about not getting the long-term contract extension he wanted before the NFL’s deadline on July 15. Like it or not, he has zero leverage to actually hold out much into the regular season (and at great financial cost to himself), so holding out now only allows the Chiefs to picture life without him, get others ready to play the position, and keep him from learning any new offensive wrinkles or meet new teammates.
Will Brown really carry this out for the rest of training camp? Is he just using this to skirt long practices in the heat for the next couple of weeks? It’d be nice if everyone involved could turn the corner, but that feels unlikely to happen—at least anytime soon.