Jawaan Taylor has agreed to an $80 million, four-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs to replace Orlando Brown Jr. as the blindside protector for Patrick Mahomes, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal cannot become official until Wednesday.
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The 25-year-old Taylor started all 66 games he's played in since entering the league as a second-round pick of the Jaguars in the 2019 draft. And while he primarily held down the right side of the line in Jacksonville, the expectation is that -- much as Brown did when he arrived from Baltimore -- Taylor will switch to the left side in Kansas City.
The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Brown a year ago, when they could not agree to a long-term deal with his new representative. He wound up playing last season for $16.7 million under terms of the tag, helping the Chiefs win the Super Bowl, and the sides again worked on a long-term deal.
It quickly became evident that the sides still could not reach a middle ground, and with the price tag to put Orlando on the franchise tag for a second year costing about $20 million, they opted to look elsewhere in the free-agent market.
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