The Cincinnati Bengals have landed arguably the best offensive tackle on the open market as former Kansas City boss Orlando Brown returns to the NFC North.
Brown’s deal is expected to be worth $64.092 million with approximately two-thirds guaranteed.
NFL Network reports that he will receive $42.3 million during his second year and $49.9 million over three seasons.
Brown’s career began with the Baltimore Ravens in 2018 and he has become one of the best tacklers in the game. He made sure he wanted to play left tackle when he entered free agency, and that’s exactly where the Bengals hope he plays next season to protect quarterback Joe Burrow’s blind side.
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Brown spoke with NFL Network’s Mike Garafalo after the news, where he mentioned that he wanted to carry on his father’s legacy. His father, Orlando Brown Sr., played nine NFL seasons as an offensive tackle.
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«I’m super grateful for the opportunity to carry on my father’s legacy and be a left tackle,» Brown said. «It was important to be able to play that position and play for a winning team and a winning quarterback. Who Dey!»
Cincinnati continues to bolster its offensive line, knowing that Burrow has been taking a lot of hits in his first three seasons in the league.
Two years ago, he was the most sacked quarterback in the NFL, going down 51 times. Last season, though the number dropped to 41, it was still the sixth most in the league.
One of the main reasons for this is that Burrow is a pure pocket passer, constantly waiting for that window to open and allow his receivers to get separation. Sometimes that patience translates into sacks.
However, the Bengals’ offensive success has been documented since Burrow’s arrival in Cincy, so the organization continues to build around him.
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Patrick Mahomes is a different quarterback than Burrow in that he constantly uses his feet to escape trouble in the pocket. But Brown has been a rock to him since he arrived in Kansas City in 2021. He’s a four-time Pro Bowler, two of which came with the Chiefs, and for good reason: He stays healthy, and you don’t hear his name. he called a lot during the games.
Brown also keeps penalties to a minimum, being penalized six all of last season. That’s also a career high for him, after a total of just 15 during his previous four seasons.
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Plus, we have to mention the budding Chiefs-Bengals rivalry, which Brown knows all about. The Mahomes-Burrow matchups have been lopsided in Cincy’s favor ahead of the AFC Championship Game win to send the Chiefs advancing to the Super Bowl.
These two teams could meet again on the same stage, but Mahomes won’t have his trusty left tackle on his blind side.