WR Hollywood Brown thought Kansas City Chiefs would draft him in 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have officially signed former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Hollywood Brown.

It’s a one-year deal worth $11 million, $7 million of which is guaranteed. The Chiefs hope he’s one of the answers to solving the issues the receiving core displayed last season.

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The day the deal was done, head coach Andy Reid sent Brown a text, expressing his excitement to bring in the speedster. Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes made Kansas City an attractive destination during the 26-year-old’s free agency.

“Pat was a big part of it,” Brown said in Monday’s introductory news conference. “Being able to play with Pat, Coach Reid, winning culture. The offense – I feel like I can come in, help and fit in. All those things played a part.”

“It’s a lot of my game that I really haven’t been able to show people,” he said later. “That’s probably what I’m most excited about being here.”

Before this move, the Chiefs showed interest in the former Oklahoma Sooner wideout years ago during the 2019 NFL draft process.

“I thought I was gonna get drafted by the Chiefs when I was coming out,” Brown revealed. “We talked about that since I’ve been here. They did a lot of work on me pre-draft. The world got a way of things coming around like that.”

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The Baltimore Ravens took Brown in 2019 with the 25th overall pick in the first round. Kansas City’s first pick of that draft didn’t come until the second round and they used it on a different speedster of a similar build—former Georgia wide receiver Mecole Hardman.

“At times in Baltimore and Arizona, I showed facets of things that I can do, but not on a consistent basis,” Brown said. “Here, there’s guys around, interchangeable and we can complement each other, that way the best can come out of everyone.”

Brown plans to build a rapport with Mahomes this week and work with the signal caller throughout the offseason.

“I stay out in Texas, so I’ll be working with him. We’re going to get together this week and just looking forward to building a relationship there.”

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