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Chiefs’ Orlando Brown Jr. could skip 2022 training camp, start of season as contract talks stall, per report

The star left tackle is ‘nowhere close’ to a long-term deal

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Using the 2022 franchise tag on Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. seemed to secure one of Patrick Mahomes’ top blockers. As training camp approaches, it’s possible they won’t be able to sign Brown at all now. According to one of Brown’s mentors, the star offensive lineman and the Chiefs are “nowhere close on a (long-term) deal,” and the big man could miss all of training camp, if not the start of the 2022 season.

Mike Garafolo reported that Brown and his representatives have been in contact with the Chiefs in recent days about a possible contract extension, which must be done before Friday, otherwise he will only be eligible to play under the one-year franchise tag. Jammal Brown, a former Pro Bowl lineman for the New Orleans Saints, now serves as one of Brown Jr.’s off-field advisers, according to Garafolo, who also described a stalemate in negotiations. A deal won’t be struck just to strike one, according to him: “(He said) the two sides are nowhere close.”

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According to Garafolo, Brown Jr. wants to be compensated on par with the NFL’s highest-paid left tackles, whereas the Chiefs’ offers to Brown Jr. this offseason have been closer to the top right-tackle contracts. LT Trent Williams of the 49ers has a contract worth an average of $23 million per year, while RT Ryan Ramczyk of the Saints has a contract worth an average of $19.2 million per year. The Packers’ David Bakhtiari and the Texans’ Laremy Tunsil are the only other left tackles to earn more than $20 million per season.

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Under the franchise tag, which he has yet to sign, Brown Jr. will make $16.6 million in guaranteed money in 2022. If he doesn’t sign a long-term contract by the July 15 deadline, it’s not clear if he plans to accept the tag. However, he cannot be fined for his possible absence from camp until he does so, which officially begins on July 26.

This offensive lineman, who is now 26, was acquired by the Chiefs from the Ravens last April as part of a trade involving several draft choices, one of which was the first overall pick in 2021. When Ronnie Stanley was injured, he took over at right tackle, where he has since made three straight Pro Bowl appearances. As Mahomes’ blind-side defender, he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2021.

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