KANSAS CITY – Orlando Brown Jr. made it clear back in February that he wasn’t going to sign the Chiefs’ franchise tag until he figured out how he wanted to handle the negotiation process. Lo and behold, Brown Jr. held true to his word and to this day, he hasn’t signed the tag.

The two sides are expected to enter contract negotiations in the near future, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. The former third-round draft pick and his advisor, Jammal Brown, are still speaking with agents and contract advisors on how to move forward. Right now, Brown Jr. is still without an agent.

“We are having conversations with agents,” Brown told Garafolo. “… But now we are turning our attention toward getting a long-term deal done with the Chiefs.”

That’s good news for the Chiefs. At the same time, there’s not a big rush to get a deal done. Both sides have until July 15 to hammer out an agreement. Until then, Brown Jr. is set to make $16.662 million this year.

The fifth-year pro’s slow burn-like approach isn’t about whether or not he wants to remain in Kansas City, either. Brown made that clear back in February.

“He wants to be in Kansas City and wants to sign a long-term deal there,” Brown said. “He wants Kansas City to understand he’s the type of player who can be there for the rest of his career. He’s a cornerstone left tackle.”

We will provide more updates as they develop.

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