The Chiefs have recently lost a couple of players, and Orlando Brown Jr might be the next name on that list. According to reports, the Kansas City Chiefs and LT Orlando Brown Jr. will not agree on a new contract extension ahead of Friday's deadline. The rejection comes as a surprise owing to the kind of deal the Chiefs offered Mr Brown. The Chiefs tabled a six-year deal worth $139 million with an average salary of $23.16 million per year and a $30.25 million signing bonus, and yet it wasn't enough to get Orlando Brown to put a pen on the paper.
Where does this leave the Chiefs?
The lack of guaranteed money is the main reason Orlando Brown Jr, and if he doesn't perform as well or better than he did in 2021, he might regret leaving this deal on the table. The Chiefs now have to start exploring their options in the Left tackle position if Orlando Brown were to miss a game.
Joe Thuney is one to consider. He started one game at left tackle for the Chiefs last season when a pregame calf injury forced Orlando Brown Jr. out of the game. Against the Bengals, Thuney allowed no sacks and just two pressures. However, this would likely be the last resort for Kansas City because it would mean shuffling their line even further. Still, they have some players who could fill in at left guard (Nick Allegretti, for instance) should Thuney need to play left tackle for an extended period.
Roderick Johnson is another name considered. He plays Offensive Tackle for the Chiefs, but due to Orlando Brown missing the mandatory minicamp, the 6-6 and 310-pound Johnson took the left tackle and snaps with the starting offence in Brown Jr.'s place. Roderick Johnson has experience playing as LT during the regular season for the Texans in 2020 when Laremy Tunsil dealt with injury and COVID issues. He faced the Patriots, Bengals and Titans, allowing ten total pressures and no sacks in 126 snaps. Should Brown Jr. miss time, Johnson could be a prime candidate to earn snaps in his place.