Nobody knows exactly when Orlando Brown Jr. will arrive at the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp — if at all, in fact, as things go down in St. Joseph — but according to general manager Brett Veach, there’s no ill will when he s it’s about seeing him again and “welcome him with open arms.
While the rest of Brown’s teammates train every day at Missouri Western State to prepare for the upcoming season, Brown’s absence is a regular topic of discussion with reporters. Asked about the team’s absent left tackle on Saturday, however, Veach seemed to dismiss any notion of bad blood between the team and its only stronghold.
General manager Brett Veach said the Kansas City Chiefs will welcome Orlando Brown Jr. back with “open arms” when he’s ready to report.b
Brown and the Chiefs were unable to reach an agreement on a new long-term contract extension in mid-July. Brown’s reps have made it clear they want to reset the market with a new contract for a young offensive tackle who made three straight Pro Bowls. The Chiefs have responded with a long-term commitment with less guaranteed money than Brown is likely to want, but there’s good reason to think Brown shouldn’t make elite money if he isn’t. not an elite player.
From the time it was clear the Chiefs and Brown wouldn’t reach a deal, rumors persisted that Brown would hold out of training camp and potentially into the regular season. Brown has no real leverage considering he’d be losing over a million dollars a game to hold on, and even then he’d have to come back for most of the season to make it a season. accumulated. on his file (and therefore to be all the closer to free agency again).
As for Veach’s comments, it’s clear the Chiefs want to avoid any shred of drama by laying their appreciation of Brown on thick. This is understandable since there is no monetary commitment attached to such praise. It also paints the organization in a positive light while Brown remains silent and away from the task at hand.
“All I know is we’re thrilled and excited to get him back,” Veach told Chiefs reporters. “And when he’s ready to come back, we’ll welcome him with open arms. I’m sure Coach (Andy Reid) and I will get to have a good chat with him, and we’ll definitely let him know how much we love him, appreciate him.
The Chiefs traded for Orlando Brown Jr. last offseason and he settled into the team’s left tackle role from day one. His game has improved throughout the season, and given other options, it makes sense the Chiefs want to keep the peace. It’s only a matter of time before Brown decides to show up.