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The Kansas City Chiefs are keeping Patrick Mahomes’ blind side protected again for the 2022 season. The team on Monday placed the franchise tag on left tackle Orlando Brown, assuring the three-time Pro Bowler will avoid free agency.
There has long been hope by the Chiefs that a long-term deal could be worked out with Brown that would allow them to avoid pulling the trigger on a tag that will carve out a fully guaranteed $16.7 million from their salary cap, but it was not to be. The two sides will still have time to hash out a multiyear contract even with the tag applied, however, with the deadline to do so being in mid-July — at which point Brown would be forced to play under the tag for the 2022 season if a new contract is not in place.
And until/unless a deal is worked out, the $16.7 million hit will remain on the Chiefs salary cap, impacting what they will or will not be able to do in free agency.
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