The Kansas City Chiefs might lose an offensive lineman
The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl by being the better football team in the trenches. The Chiefs were able to sack the Philadelphia Eagles twice. The Eagles, which had the most sacks in the regular season, were not able to sack Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes one time in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs might be unable to retain a key player from the Chiefs offensive line for next season.
According to Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network, the Chiefs will not apply the franchise tag to left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. for the 2023 season. The Chiefs could potentially work out another contract with Brown, or he could become a free agent. The Chiefs claim the franchise tag is too costly to apply for Brown.
Kansas City can still work out a long-term deal with their standout LT. But the tag number is too high. Brown could become a free agent. https://t.co/9kDqGmf0xn
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2023
The franchise tag cost for an offensive lineman in 2023 is $18.244 million. If the franchise tag is too costly, one would assume a long-term deal would be too much for the Chiefs unless they can devise a nifty strategy to manage the cap. That’s the price teams like the Chiefs pay when they have players like Mahomes, who take a large part of the franchise’s cap space each season.
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