Last week, the July 15 deadline for the Kansas City Chiefs to sign left-wing Orlando Brown Jr came and went without the club locking him up on a long-term contract. There was an argument to be made that both sides did their job right – that presidents had a point to offer Brown what they did, and he had a point in refusing to accept that.
With negotiations held back until the 2023 season, the conversation naturally turned to when Brown would appear to sign the one-year franchise tag and work at the training camp in St. Joseph. Reports It has been suggested that Brown may steer clear of at least some of the practiceswhich begins for veterans leaders on Wednesday.
While speaking to the media in St. Joseph on Friday, coach Andy Reed had no answer as to when Brown would arrive.
“I don’t know that, so I don’t know if he’ll be here or not,” Reid said clearly. “If he’s here, great—and if not, we move on. That’s how we’ve done it in the past. It’s not the first time I’ve been through something like this, so my thing is we go. And who. The next guy’s going to step up there.”
“We know Joe Thuney can do it in a heartbeat, so if we want to go in that direction, we can go in that direction. We have some new faces that can do that as well.”
Thuney started 17 games with The Chiefs last season, which included 16 games in his normal position as a left keeper and one on the left tackle: the Chiefs’ Week 17 game against the Cincinnati Bengals after Brown was injured in pre-game action. In the game, Thone only allowed one press of a quarterback during 40 shots in pass protection.
If Brown chooses to sit down, his bootcamp training won’t be the first he misses. The Chiefs’ disgruntled left intervention has bypassed the Chiefs’ voluntary drills and all mandatory mini-camps (as a reminder, Brown isn’t subject to fines because he’s not under contract until he signs the mark).
“When you miss, you miss. It’s hard to make that up,” Reed added. “It just makes sense. But to say he doesn’t have a basis – he has a basis from the plays we run and the things we do, but he missed all the OTAs and all that – so the new stuff we put in, that’s where he’s going to have to catch up.”
The one who might be able to help him with that when he arrives is quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has remained firmly in Brown’s corner as negotiations were underway throughout the Evestus period.
“I talk to Orlando all the time,” Mahomes reiterated. “He and I have a great relationship. Obviously we wanted to close the deal. I’m sure he wants to get the deal done, and everything like that – but at the end of the day we’ll go out there and play football, and I’m excited to have him here and be part of the team again” .
Mahomes said he’s never forced his teammates into anything when it comes to money and described Brown as a “team player,” saying the two will talk about football despite his absence from all of the Chiefs’ unofficial training.
“Even when he’s not at the OTAs, he’s asking me questions, watching the movie, and doing everything to make sure that when he steps in here, he’s ready to go,” Mahomes said. “I think that comes with his dad playing in the league. He’s been playing this sport all his life. You ask anyone on this team, he’s one of the best players on this team – if not the best.”
Although things between the two sides have appeared tense in recent days, Reed is optimistic that when the time comes, Brown will be able to separate what happened off-season from what should happen once he takes the field.
“There is an element of time, and I think players, over time, are able to work out that, the business side of it and the football side of it — they can separate that,” Reid said. in soccer.
“They’re still getting paid, and Orlando is going to make pretty good money, so they’re able to unplug that and move on. That’s how it goes.”
Once brown Do Sign his franchise tag, and he’ll be ready to make $16.7 million in 2022 – more than three times what he made in his entire career. However, for that to happen, he would need to show up.
The head coach wants to see that sooner rather than later – and so does the midfielder.
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