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Will The Chiefs Extend A Massive Extension To This Player?

The Chiefs entered the 2022 offseason with several question marks, one of them being if, or when, left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. gets his expected contract extension. When the Chiefs acquired their left tackle of the future in the offseason of 2021, they didn’t subsequently extend him. It was then expected that this year’s offseason would see Brown get a significant contract extension.

This has been quite the offseason for Kansas City. Many describe these past few months as a ‘re-tooling’ of the team in order to extend their dynasty window. One area that didn’t get a lot of attention this offseason is the team’s offensive line, but it didn’t need to. The unit is near elite and one of the team’s strongest position groups.

Should the Chiefs extend their left tackle a massive contract offer?

Reviewing Orlando Brown Jr.’s First Year As A Chief Impacts A Deal

Brown’s first year as a Chief should be viewed as a success. He performed up to the team’s standards; standards set when they traded a first-round pick for him. He posted a respectable 74.4 PFF grade in 2021 and had the second-highest run block win rate among tackles.

Among notable stats Brown posted last season, the overarching achievement is that he solidified the left tackle position, which has been shaky and oft-scrutinized over the last few seasons. He also helped the Chiefs’ offensive line turn from a mediocre unit to one of the league’s best. Another full season together should make them even better.

Now on the franchise tag, he has reportedly stated his desire to be the highest-paid left tackle in the NFL, per Armando Salguero. That title currently belongs to 49ers’ left tackle Trent Williams, who signed a six-year deal worth $138 million that averages $23 million per season. The Chiefs reportedly attempted to sign Williams to that deal in the same offseason before he re-signed with San Francisco. A deeper look into what a contract structure might look like can be found here.

Whether or not Brown becomes the highest paid tackle in the league, he will surely surpass the $20 million per year mark. The deal will be a massive deal for a tackle. If the Chiefs indeed make him the highest-paid tackle in the league, the team will roster both the most expensive tackle and guard in the NFL. Things won’t get any cheaper as their young linemen, Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith, are nearing All-Pro level production and will eventually get paid as well.

Will the Chiefs Sign Brown to a Market-Setting Deal?

Ultimately, the Chiefs should make the deal and give Brown a massive contract. Whether it tops, matches, or is just below Williams’ deal is yet to be seen. Either way, it will be something pretty similar. The Chiefs would be wise to solidify one of the most important positions in the NFL, rather than playing hardball and potentially heading into the season with a makeshift offensive line.

Brown has yet to find an agent, which is why things haven’t been heating up as of late. When he does, expect the team and Brown to engage in contract talks immediately, as both sides seem motivated to get a deal done. Meanwhile, expect Brown to protect Patrick Mahomes’ blindside for years to come.

Should the Chiefs make Orlando Brown Jr. the highest-paid tackle in the NFL? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion.

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