Chiefs will not franchise tag LT Orlando Brown Jr. for a 2nd time, per report

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Posted at 1:50 PM, Mar 06, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-06 16:51:59-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Starting left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. will not be franchise tagged a second time, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Brown, who played last season on a fully guaranteed $16.7-million salary on the franchise tag, according to Over the Cap, would've been in line for a near $20 million guaranteed salary if he was franchise tagged a second time.

The Chiefs used the franchise tag on Brown last March, but long-term contract negotiations stalled as he searched for a new agent and ultimately couldn’t agree on a multi-year deal.

NFL teams have until 3 p.m. Central time on Tuesday to franchise tag players and a new league year, including free agency, is set to begin at 3 p.m. Central time on March 15.

Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach told reporters last week at the NFL Combine that franchise-tagging Brown was a possibility, but a long-term extension was more beneficial for both sides.

The Chiefs were projected to be $3.5 million over the 2023 salary cap before releasing defensive end Frank Clark, which saves $21 milli0on against the cap.

Kansas City's top 51 player contracts must not exceed the $223,554,050 salary cap by the start of the new league year.