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Bengals sign former Chiefs OT Brown to four-year deal

By Sports Desk March 16, 2023

Orlando Brown has provided protection for Patrick Mahomes for the last two seasons, but will now do the same job for Joe Burrow as he has been acquired by the Cincinnati Bengals.

After three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Brown moved to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2021, winning Super Bowl LVII last month.

According to reports, the four-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle has agreed a four-year deal worth $64million with the Bengals, including $43.5m guaranteed.

Brown's agent, Michael Portner, also confirmed to reporters that the deal includes a signing bonus of over $31m, the highest ever for an offensive lineman.

Cincinnati will be hoping Brown can provide some more efficient protection for Burrow, who was sacked 41 times in the 2022 regular season, while Mahomes was sacked just 26 times by comparison.

The 26-year-old switched from right tackle to left tackle when he moved from his hometown of Baltimore to Kansas City, so is likely to take the place of former first-round pick Jonah Williams.

Brown took to Twitter to re-post a clip from ESPN prior to him being drafted to the NFL in 2018 in which he was criticised, writing: "Put this on repeat, let it sink in. Been below the line. No stripes earned in this business from pretending. I'd bet the house on me and my work ethic. Can't wait to get to work!! @Bengals"

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