Kansas City Chiefs make huge move, sign Jawaan Taylor

Orlando Brown Jr., Kansas City Chiefs (Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)
Orlando Brown Jr., Kansas City Chiefs (Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports) /

During the legal tampering period, news broke that the Kansas City Chiefs were planning on signing Jawaan Taylor to a massive contract.

This was huge news when it broke as it all but puts a bow on Orlando Brown Jr’s time as a Chief, who the team traded for a few years ago.

What is also very interesting about this deal is that Jawaan Taylor has played right tackle for the past several years, and the plan is for him to slide over to the left side in Kansas City.

Taylor was also compensated like a left tackle, with a contract worth $20 million per year.  That is top dollar among the left tackle market, and it’s pretty clear that Brown wanted more than what Taylor got from the Chiefs.

This is kind of ironic as well.  Orlando Brown Jr wanted out of Baltimore because he wanted to be a left tackle, so he got shipped to the Kansas City Chiefs.  After the two sides could not agree on a contract extension, they made a play for Taylor, who is also a right tackle switching to the left side.

Taylor will now play next to Joe Thuney, one of the five best guards in the NFL, and he’ll protect Patrick Mahomes, so Taylor will be just fine.

He was an OK tackle during his first three seasons in the NFL but really came on as a pass blocker in year four.  He’s still just 25 years old and could be beginning a special career from the left side.

Now, where does Brown land?   There are some teams who need left tackle help, but would those teams be willing to invest what Brown wants in a new contract?

Well, the Chiefs go with a slightly cheaper option in Taylor and I’m not sure Taylor isn’t better than Brown.  I’d trust offensive line guru Andy Reid to make this work.