According to Monday’s news reports, Brown will not report to the Chiefs camp when the veterans arrive on Tuesday. The offensive lineman declined Kansas City’s best offer after failing to reach a long-term agreement with the Chiefs before the franchise-tag deadline. Brown’s holdout on signing his tag tender was anticipated and will soon become official.
Within the Chiefs organization, Brown’s choice to reject the long-term deal caused some annoyance and disappointment. When questioned about Brown a few days ago, Reid expressed ambivalence on the subject, stating “Great if he’s here. If not, we continue on.”
Indeed, without the team’s starting left tackle, a crucial position Kansas City had hoped to lock up for several seasons ahead to camp, Reid’s Chiefs would enter camp without him. Brown would be paid the average of the top five salaries at his position for just one season if no such agreement existed when he entered the 2022 season. Brown won’t be penalized for his choice because he hasn’t officially signed the tag.