Breaking News: Orlando Brown Will Not Be Franchise Tagged, Will Become Free Agent

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As Fowler said, this is a huge surprise. I had it as one of the easier decisions this offseason. But the Chiefs must have decided that he wasn’t worth the cost of even just a one year $20 million deal. While it’s theoretically possible that they work out a deal, if they feel the franchise tag number is too much then it’s hard to imagine they would be willing to give him an even longer, likely more expensive, contract.

This means that the Chiefs will be in the market for a new left tackle, and with Wylie being a free agent as well that makes both ends of the offensive line that need to be addressed.

UPDATE:

A little bit more on what the Chiefs are thinking.

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Savagerider
Savagerider
03/06/2023 7:30 pm

What I dont get is why not tag and trade him

SuperMegaChief
SuperMegaChief
03/06/2023 4:09 pm

Just my opinion, but I wasn’t a fan of OBJr so I’m ok on letting him walk. But the question now becomes who’s going to take his place? OBJr played well for us down the stretch so replacing him won’t be easy. I’m sure there’s a plan in place but I’m a still a tad shocked.

twiggamortis
twiggamortis
Reply to  SuperMegaChief
03/06/2023 4:26 pm

no one on the current roster, apparently

zulu trader
03/06/2023 3:26 pm
zulu trader
03/06/2023 3:21 pm
zulu trader
Reply to  Tony Sommer
03/06/2023 3:22 pm

Don’t let that shit happen again!

NovaChiefs
Reply to  Tony Sommer
03/06/2023 3:30 pm

I for one will miss Frank. I still hope they work something out.

zulu trader
03/06/2023 3:06 pm

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zulu trader
03/06/2023 3:05 pm

If you were curious what position we are drafting first this year . . .

hoosierchief
Reply to  zulu trader
03/06/2023 7:06 pm

If I recall, when Thuney played LG for us, he did a pretty good job.

SuperMegaChief
SuperMegaChief
03/06/2023 2:58 pm

Frank Clark expected to be cut per Adam Schefter

zulu trader
Reply to  SuperMegaChief
03/06/2023 3:03 pm

test the open market?

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  SuperMegaChief
03/06/2023 3:04 pm

Well duh.

It’s really the only reasonable option

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
03/06/2023 2:49 pm

Meh.

Mountain of man that we could never run behind.

He’ll never be better at handling the speed rush as he is today and he’s not good at it today.

Sucks losing him and not getting anything substantial in return but we just saved ourselves 22 mill this year. Spend wisely veach.

Slayer0810
03/06/2023 2:48 pm

Well. I’m glad I spent all morning writing my fanpost arguing against paying OBJ, only to refresh the page and see this news. I guess it does make me feel justified that Veach sees Brown similarly to how I did and didn’t want to offer him a top LT deal.

Slayer0810
Reply to  Slayer0810
03/06/2023 2:52 pm

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NovaChiefs
Reply to  Slayer0810
03/06/2023 3:07 pm

Sadly, this is too blurry to read on my phone. Sum it up?

Slayer0810
Reply to  NovaChiefs
03/06/2023 3:13 pm

OBJ is in the lower right quadrant as the worst value LT in the NFL when comparing the pressures allowed per snap with his salary cap number in 2022.

Full explanation of this chart in my second-to-last paragraph, though I screwed up the linking and it isn’t displaying the charts in the post.

https://arrowheadguys.com/the-case-for-not-paying-orlando-brown-jr/

rip58
03/06/2023 2:19 pm

I was kind of under the impression that he was going to sit out the first of the year , if he didn’t get paid… at least we’re on top of it now instead of August September…
Didn’t someone just let go of a left tackle , Titans maybe?

Plus Name and Plus Name
Plus Name and Plus Name
03/06/2023 2:06 pm

Are OBJ’s demands so out there that no team was willing to trade even a 3rd round pick for him?

hoosierchief
Reply to  Plus Name and Plus Name
03/06/2023 3:12 pm

They were last year, so I doubt they’ve changed.

Plus Name and Plus Name
Plus Name and Plus Name
03/06/2023 2:02 pm

This whole situation is weird to me. How often is a pro bowl tackle just allowed to hit free agency with no tag?

zulu trader
Reply to  Plus Name and Plus Name
03/06/2023 3:08 pm

Chiefs are really cutting their losses

Plus Name and Plus Name
Plus Name and Plus Name
03/06/2023 2:01 pm

So bring Wylie back and draft a LT with the 1st?

Nasrani
03/06/2023 1:55 pm

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Plus Name and Plus Name
Plus Name and Plus Name
Reply to  Tony Sommer
03/06/2023 2:00 pm

This whole saga tells me that OBJ must be delusional about his own value. Veach and Brown must not even be in the same ballpark numbers wise.

ArrowFan
ArrowFan
03/06/2023 1:41 pm

Let him test the market. He probably wants more money than the Chiefs are willing to pay.

hoosierchief
Reply to  ArrowFan
03/06/2023 1:42 pm

he certainly wants more money than he’s worth.

Plus Name and Plus Name
Plus Name and Plus Name
Reply to  hoosierchief
03/06/2023 2:01 pm

The best way to get paid more than you’re worth is to test the open market and let the tackle needy teams get into a bidding war.

Beachbeard
Beachbeard
03/06/2023 1:38 pm

I did not see that coming

NovaChiefs
Reply to  Beachbeard
03/06/2023 3:05 pm

“With the 31st pick in the draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select Joe Blow, Tackle”

zulu trader
Reply to  Beachbeard
03/06/2023 3:10 pm

Me either. Didn’t think it was that easy to replace a left tackle with a quality candidate

hoosierchief
Reply to  zulu trader
03/06/2023 3:50 pm

to be honest, I don’t thing we have ever had a really good LT in the Mahome years, just serviceable ones.

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