In a surprise twist, the Chiefs will not be franchise tagging left tackle Orlando Brown, per source. He’s set to be a free agent March 13. The player has been notified.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 6, 2023
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.
A little bit more on what the Chiefs are thinking.
Chiefs' decision to not tag Orlando Brown came down to, I'm told, their desire to lock in a long-term LT this offseason. Tagging Brown doesn't do it. It'd basically guarantee he's free in '24, make it harder to do a deal (bc of the $20M number) now.
They'll look at all options.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 6, 2023