The Kansas City Chiefs have decided to not franchise tag offensive tackle Orlando Brown this offseason. This makes the starting offensive linemen one of the top options headed to free agency this offseason. While there was some speculation that the team would place him on the franchise tag, they ultimately decided not to do that. Kansas City now has a limited time to sign him to a long-term deal if they don’t want to lose him to free agency. However, it seems likely the team is ready to let him go this off-season.
The #Chiefs don’t plan to use a second franchise tag on LT Orlando Brown Jr., per source.
That means Kansas City has until Monday to work out a long-term deal with Brown, or else he’ll be free to negotiate with other teams.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 6, 2023
The left tackle position is vital for protecting the quarterback and if the team lets Orlando Brown walk it is unclear who the team will put in that position. Brown is likely to get several lucrative offers as a free agent this offseason. Kansas City also released defensive end Frank Clark this week and it appears they are making these moves to save some on their cap space. With quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the team is confident that they can win with different personnel on the football field. Drafting well will be vital for the team moving forward.