The Cincinnati Bengals signed offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to a four-year deal worth $64 million, his agent, Michael Portner, confirmed on Wednesday. The deal for the Pro Bowler includes a guaranteed $43.5 million.
Cincinnati was prepared to pay a premium price to land Brown, one of the most highly-regarded offensive tackles in free agency this offseason. Portner confirmed that Brown will earn $42.3 million over the first two years of his contract while receiving a signing bonus of over $31 million; the highest in history for an offensive linesman. This signing bonus is $10 million higher than those earned by offensive linemen Ted Karras, Alex Cappa, and La’el Collins combined when they signed for the Bengals last offseason.
Upon arriving in Cincinnati, Brown will be the most accomplished player on the Bengals’ roster. He is one of just four offensive linemen in the league to be named a Pro Bowler over each of the last four seasons, along with Jason Kelce, Quenton Nelson, and Joel Bitonio.
Should Brown continue to play left tackle upon moving to the Bengals, then former first-round pick Jonah Williams is largely expected to be shifted to a new position within the starting lineup.