3 Free Agents the Chiefs Must Target to Replace Orlando Brown
The Kansas City Chiefs made a risky move on Tuesday as they opted not to place the franchise tag on offensive tackle Orlando Brown again. It opens the door for the four-time Pro Bowler to become a free agent and possibly sign elsewhere after failing to come to terms on a long-term deal with the Chiefs.
Brown is in for a big payday considering he posted the third-best pass-blocking grade among left tackles from Weeks 10-17 in 2022. It's a payday that could put him out of reach for Kansas City.
With that in mind, here's a look at three free agents the Chiefs must target to replace Brown.
Kansas City Chiefs Free Agency 2023
1. Jawann Taylor
Keep in mind that Andrew Wylie is also set to be a free agent for the Chiefs, which leaves the team with an even bigger need at offensive tackle. Kansas City could go all-in by signing Jawann Taylor after the 25-year-old put together a career season in 2022. Taylor allowed pressure on just 2.5% of dropbacks according to Pro Football Focus, which was the third-lowest mark among tackles in the NFL. He excels at keeping a quarterback protected, and that is crucial for Kansas City considering it has a ton of money invested in Patrick Mahomes and employs an offense that posted a passing play percentage of 61.5% in 2022 (No. 8 in NFL). Taylor would warrant a sizable multi-year deal, but he would be worth it.
2. Kelvin Beachum
Kansas City has stayed a Super Bowl contender for years now, and one reason why is its ability to attract veteran free agents. Players that are toward the end of their careers but want a chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy come to play under Andy Reid. Kelvin Beachum has played 11 years in the NFL and has only taken part in two playoff games. This is an experienced pro that has played over 1,000 snaps in five of his last seven seasons. Beachum has allowed just 10 sacks over the last three years and is coming off a two-year deal worth $4 million. The opportunity to sign him for cheap is there.
3. Cameron Fleming
Kansas City is in a favorable spot with its cap space, but it also has a lot of roster holes to fill in the offseason. Searching for an underrated option at the tackle spot would be a logical move to make. Cameron Fleming has bounced between three teams over the last four years but finally found his groove with the Denver Broncos in 2022. The 30-year-old played in a career-high 976 snaps and spent time at both right tackle (9 starts) and left tackle (6 starts). Fleming's ability to be a swing tackle would provide the Chiefs' coaching staff with some much-needed versatility. While this move would fly a bit under the radar, it would be an impactful one.
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