The Kansas City Chiefs failed to extend Orland Brown Jr. and he is now set to play on the franchise tag. However, there are rumblings of the star left tackle not showing up to training camp. It’s a sticky situation for the franchise, forcing Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid to share their thoughts on the situation.

According to Pro Football Talk, Mahomes seems optimistic that Brown will play for the Chiefs in the 2022 season. However, when asked about whether or not the star left tackle will participate in training camp, Patrick Mahomes didn’t have a straight answer. Instead, he’s not getting in Orlando Brown’s way in negotiating a new contract with Kansas City.

“Obviously, I haven’t asked him anything like that, but you want him to be here just because of the guy he is. He’s a leader on this football team. But at the same time, when it comes to money and contracts and stuff like that, I’ll never kind of force anyone to do anything because I know they’re trying to provide for their family long-term.”

Meanwhile, Andy Reid sings a different tune as the Chiefs head coach is rather indifferent to the idea of Orlando Brown Jr. skipping training camp, per Nate Taylor. The Super Bowl-winning head coach makes the claim that his team can cover the left tackle position if need be and even names Joe Thuney as a potential replacement. Clearly, Reid has a plan in case Brown no-shows Kansas City through training camp.

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It’s an odd situation for the Chiefs, as the front office is unable to negotiate a new deal at this time. As of now, the only options for Orlando Brown Jr. are to play for Kansas City this season or for the franchise to trade him away. Ideally, Brown remains with the organization and plays out his contract. However, if that’s not the case, Andy Reid is right in that they have other options available to play left tackle.

Joe Thuney is capable of playing every position and if Orland Brown Jr. opts to not play for the Cheifs, then Thuney would likely move to that position. As of now, this is all speculation, but it’s important to note that Kansas City already has a plan in place just in case.