The Kansas City Chiefs gave up some crucial draft capital to acquire offensive lineman Orlando Brown last offseason. He then made a Pro Bowl during his first season with the team and a contract extension seems to be on the way, although one key obstacle continues to slow down the negotiations.
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ESPN insider Jeremy Fowler reports that Brown does not have an agent right now and is believed to be in the process of finding one. Without an agent, the entire situation can play out at a much slower pace. Fans shouldn't get too frantic at this point, though, considering there is still plenty of time.
Keeping quarterback Patrick Mahomes protected is of the utmost importance for the Chiefs and Brown excelled at doing that in 2021. The 26-year-old allowed only 4 sacks across a total of 1,127 offensive snaps played and ended up receiving an overall grade of 75.4 from Pro Football Focus.
Signing Brown to a new deal instead of forcing him to play under the franchise tag in 2022 could also free up around $6 million in available cap space. That should not be overlooked as Kansas City aims to polish off a roster capable of making a fifth straight appearance in the AFC Championship game.
General manager Brett Veach doesn't seem worried about Brown's contract status and it'll be interesting to see if he has any reason to be in a few months. For now, the Chiefs have the third-best odds to win Super Bowl 57 at +950 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.