- The Kansas City Chiefs have acquired offensive lineman Orlando Brown from the Baltimore Ravens.
- Brown did not allow a single sack or quarterback hit in 700 snaps as left tackle last season.
- Kansas City is the +550 betting favorite to win Super Bowl LVI.
The Kansas City Chiefs have traded for offensive tackle Orlando Brown to complete the revamp of their offensive line.
Kansas City is sending the 31st pick, 94th pick, 136th selection of the upcoming 2021 NFL draft, and a 2022 5th round pick to Baltimore. On the other hand, the Ravens turned over Brown, the 58th pick of the upcoming draft, and a 2022 6th round pick to Tampa Bay in the blockbuster deal between conference rivals.
Per reports, the Chiefs and Brown will explore the possibility of a contract extension although no deal is in place yet. The NFL Network said in a report that there is a possibility that Brown plays out the final season of his deal. A franchise tag is also possible for next season.
The Chiefs have a hole in the left tackle position after releasing longtime starter Eric Fischer earlier during the offseason.
Offensive Line Transformation
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) April 23, 2021
The soon to be 25-year old Brown has started 42 games for the Ravens who picked him in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. According to Pro Football Focus, Brown did not allow a single sack or quarterback hit in 700 snaps as a left tackle last season. He has a pass block win rate of 91.3% over the past two seasons, which is 12th best among offensive tackles according to NFL Next Gen Stats.
Along with David Bakhtiari, Terron Armstead, and Laremy Tunsil, Brown is one of four NFL offensive tackles selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the previous two seasons. With Brown’s arrival, the transformation of Kansas City’s offensive line since Super Bowl LV is now complete and Patrick Mahomes is out there, smiling.
The Chiefs will now have a completely different starting offensive line from last campaign’s season opener. Before adding Brown, the Chiefs also acquired Joe Thuney, Kyle Long, and Austin Blythe as free agents. Kansas City is also expecting Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Lucas Niang back this season after opting out in 2020 due to COVID-19 related reasons.
Favorites to Win Super Bowl LVI
Odds to win Super Bowl LVI (2022):
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) February 4, 2021
Since the betting lines for the 2021 NFL season first opened at the best NFL betting sites, the Chiefs have been favored to win both the AFC championship and Super Bowl LVI.
At online sportsbook BetOnline, Kansas City is the +275 frontrunner to win the AFC with Buffalo, Cleveland, and Baltimore behind them. As far as Super Bowl LVI is concerned, Kansas City is slight +550 betting favorite to win it all with the defending champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming in a close second at +600.
The Bucs completed their mission of bringing back every starter from their Super Bowl LV championship team, which meant that Kansas City had to make upgrades to an offensive line that failed to protect superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the biggest game of the season. But with the transformation now complete, the Chiefs are more than ready for another run at the Super Bowl.
Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit’s Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn’t busy jotting down his thoughts, he’s just chillin’ at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.