The Kansas City Chiefs have found their starting left tackle for 2023, and it’s not Orlando Brown.
Kansas City has reportedly agreed to sign youngster Taylor to a four-year, $80 million deal ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Taylor’s contract includes $60 million guaranteed, per Schefter, the most for an offensive lineman in the NFL. Taylor, 25, has started every game for the Jacksonville Jaguars over the past four seasons after being drafted No. 35 overall in 2019.
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Taylor will replace Brown, who is Frank Schwab’s No. 1 free agent, this spring. Multiple reports noted The Chiefs’ decision to sign Taylor means the team will not bring back Brown, who joined Kansas City in a trade from the Baltimore Ravens in 2021 and plays on the non-exclusive franchise tag through 2022. Decides not to tag Brown a second time For 2023, that would have cost him about $20 million over the salary cap this year.
With the ambiguity surrounding Brown after the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win, the move to sign Taylor ensures Kansas City will still have an elite pass-blocker for Patrick Mahomes in 2023. Taylor had the third-lowest pressure rate among tackles in 2022, CBS’ Kef Kerrand allowed only five sacks when he was the right tackle for Jacksonville.