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story.lead_photo.caption In this Aug. 25, 2020, file photo, Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. reacts after running a drill during an NFL training camp practice in Owings Mills, Md. Photo by Associated Press / News Tribune.

So this is what it's like to follow a team that isn't afraid to make moves to win.

When news broke Friday afternoon the Kansas City Chiefs had acquired Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. from the Baltimore Ravens, it was more than a little surprise.

But it shouldn't have been. The Chiefs management has proven it likes to win and after watching a patchwork offensive line struggle against the Bucs in the Super Bowl, then cutting injured tackles Eric Fischer and Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City needed immediate help up front.

Brown, who moved to left tackle from right tackle for the first time last season, has the reputation of being a better pass blocker than a run blocker. Which, in Kansas City, is the more important part of the game.

Why was a player as talented as Brown available? Brown made it perfectly clear a couple of months ago he wanted out of Baltimore, figuring he wasn't going to get a long-term deal after this season from the Ravens.

So the Chiefs, who tried but failed to get free agent Trent Williams to come to Kansas City, went out and got the next best thing in Brown. And Brown, who turns 25 next month, is eight years younger than Williams, who decided to sign a new deal to remain with the 49ers.

The Chiefs didn't give up a whole lot in the deal, especially when rumors had the Ravens asking for a pair of first-round draft picks.

Yes, they made Thursday's first round insignificant to Kansas City fans by dealing pick No. 31. But they did get a No. 2 late in the second round from the Ravens, which could be a handy bargaining chip to someone Friday.

They could have kept their top pick to draft an offensive tackle. But that's counting on potential to be better than a proven commodity in Brown.

Patrick Mahomes should be happy. The Chiefs have signed free agents Joe Thuney, Kyle Long and Austin Blythe. And they expect Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Lucas Niang to return after they two opted out of the 2020 season for COVID-19 reasons.

It may take some time for that group to gel, but it looks to be a talented group to protect QB1.

A downside is Brown is in the final year of his contract. If he's dead-set on becoming a free agent next year, there's not a lot Kansas City can do to stop him. And if they do decide to bring him back, it's going to cost them because high-quality left tackles don't come cheap.

And that leads to another issue. The bill is going to come due some day with all of the high-priced contracts the Chiefs have doled out in the past couple of years. They'll either have to cut or trade the likes of Frank Clark and Chris Jones because even in the NFL, you can't keep moving money around by reassigning bonuses to stay under the cap.

And then the Chiefs will be Mahomes and a handful of high-priced players with 45 teammates you've never heard of for a couple years until the cap situation gets rectified and the spending spree resumes.

The Chiefs have hosted three straight AFC Championship Games. They've been to two straight Super Bowls, winning one.

They seem to like winning. And they are willing to do just about whatever it takes to make sure they keep winning.

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