With Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz out, the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line was was exposed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl. Fisher and Schwartz were released, leaving a clear need at both offensive tackle spots. If it wasn’t obvious already. On Friday, according to multiple reports, the Chiefs acquired offensive tackle Orlando Brown and two draft picks from the Baltimore Ravens for four draft picks.
The Chiefs will send their first (No. 31), third (No. 94) and fourth-round (No. 136) picks this year, and a fifth-round pick in 2022, to Baltimore. Along with Brown, they’ll get a second-round pick this year (No. 58) and a 2022 sixth-round pick.
After filling in for an injured Ronnie Stanley last season, and entering the final year of his rookie deal in 2021, Brown fancied himself as a left tackle. If Stanley is healthy, that spot is not available in Baltimore. Trade rumors followed, with Brown’s agent being allowed to pursue options. A draft weekend trade felt very possible, but the deal has come a week beforehand.
Brown will get his wish and play left tackle for the Chiefs. Approaching 25 years old (May 2), he’ll theoretically be Patrick Mahomes’ blindside protector for years to come. But they’ll let him play out the final year of his deal at this point, with the franchise tag of course an option next spring.
Earlier this week, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid pointed to 2020 third-round pick Lucas Niang as an in-house option at left tackle. The TCU product opted out of last season, so there is a question there. But now he’s a clear option at right tackle with the acquisition of Brown. Mike Remmers remains an option at right tackle.
Orlando Brown completes Chiefs’ offensive line reload
After an offseason overhaul, here’s how the Chiefs offensive line looks now.
C-Austin Blythe/Daniel Kilgore
RG-Kyle Long/Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
RT-Lucas Niang/Mike Remmers