Chiefs to give OT Jawaan Taylor a four-year, $80 million deal. Grade: B
The Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs have officially moved on from Orlando Brown in the person of former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor, and the Chiefs have done so quite decisively. Taylor will receive a four-year, $80 million deal with $60 million guaranteed, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The interesting thing about this move is that Taylor, who allowed five sacks, one quarterback hit, and 15 quarterback hurries in 775 pass-blocking snaps last season, was almost exclusively a right tackle. All indications are that Taylor will flip to the left side, which he hasn’t really done throughout his four years in the NFL. Taylor played a handful of snaps on the side side of the offensive line last season, but they were almost entirely situational.
New Chiefs OT Jawaan Taylor (No. 75) did play a handful of snaps on the left side of the line last season for the Jaguars, but they were mostly heavy personnel plays in which Cam Robinson was outside. It'll be interesting to see how Taylor makes the switch. pic.twitter.com/WwJZyAk6Dl
— Doug Farrar ✍ (@NFL_DougFarrar) March 13, 2023
No matter how talented an offensive tackle may be (and Taylor is a very good player), moving from right to left or vice versa is a transition that takes time. That’s the only hesitation on this deal, and given the success Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and offensive line coach Andy Heck have had overall, we’ll take the positive over here. It’s just a bit of a wonderment in the short term, and that’s a lot of money for a transitional move.