Kansas City Chiefs Superstar Travis Kelsey wasn’t happy to see a teammate jump ship and land with a rival AFC team.
Four-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Orlando Brown Jr. has signed a four-year contract with the Bengals in March. In 2022, the Browns played for the Chiefs franchise.
Losing the Browns seemed to upset Kelsey.
“It hurts. It hurts my soul, man. It hurts my soul,” Kelsey said on the New Heights podcast. “It’s like watching your best friend turn evil on you.”
But Kelsey understands NFL is a company and Brown had to look for a deal that was the best for him.
“He’s a tough guy,” said the tight-lipped star. “Obviously, I mean, we’ve struggled over the last couple of years to beat the Bengals. So there’s been a lot of feelings built up like … I would say, not necessarily hate, but like hating the Bengals because they keep beating us, and they keep talking about it all over the place.” Once they do. So it’s like, man, to see him go to the dark side man, it feels awkward.
“Obviously, I hope he has an absolute Hall of Fame career. You know what I mean? I wish nothing but the best for OB. He was an incredible leader. An incredible teammate on and off the field.”
The offensive tackle spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In 2020, Kelsey agreed to a four-year, $57 million contract extension with the Chiefs. Last summer, he agreed to a contract restructuring that gave him a raise in 2022.
The four-time All-Pro tight end is certainly not the envy of any NFL player cashing in on a big payday.
“All the guys I just listed out there – Andrew Wiley, Kalen Saunders, Juan Thornhill, Orlando Brown, Jojo (Smith Schuster) – All those guys, man, I’d love to see those guys get paid,” said Kelsey.