Bengals swipe at Chiefs, signing Orlando Brown Jr to contract

Late on Wednesday, former Kansas City Chiefs’ left tackle Orlando Brown Jr agreed to a massive contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.  

The deal that Brown signed certainly seems to be much less than he was projected to get.  The Chiefs even offered him a much larger contract in the past, but I guess Brown felt comfortable taking this deal.

Orlando Brown Jr is a four time Pro Bowler who began his career with the Baltimore Ravens and played right tackle for them.  He then decided he wanted to play left tackle and was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs.  After those two sides could not agree to a deal, Brown hit the open market.

Kansas City signed Jawaan to a contract worth about $20 million per season to play left tackle for them.  This is interesting as Taylor himself has played right tackle since college.

This was likely supposed to play out with Brown getting a larger deal than Taylor signed, but that is not the case.

Brown’s deal is for four years with the Bengals and is worth about $16 million per season.  The $31 million signing bonus is the largest ever for an offensive lineman, though.

What I have not been able to find yet is the Bengals’ situation at both of their tackle spots.

Cincinnati signed La’el Collins last offseason, but he tore up his knee and won’t be ready for the start of the 2023 season.  He is a quality right tackle, though.

My guess is that the Bengals play on immediately sticking Orlando Brown Jr at their left tackle spot and will move left tackle Jonah Williams to the right side.  That seems like the most likely scenario.

As for the Chiefs, they will stick Jawaan Taylor on the left side but will likely go the cheaper route for their right tackle spot, as they are currently paying a ton of money to guard Joe Thuney and will at least try to open up their checkbooks for Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith soon.