Chiefs’ Travis Kelce gets candid about ex-teammate Orlando Brown’s departure: ‘It hurts my soul’

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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.”

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Orlando Brown Jr. (57) and Travis Kelsey (87) of the Kansas City Chiefs take a selfie after the Chiefs defeat the Las Vegas Raiders 30-29 at Arrowhead Stadium October 10, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo.

Orlando Brown Jr. (57) and Travis Kelsey (87) of the Kansas City Chiefs take a selfie after the Chiefs defeat the Las Vegas Raiders 30-29 at Arrowhead Stadium October 10, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (Jason Hanna/Getty Images)

But Kelsey understands NFL is a company and Brown had to look for a deal that was the best for him.

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“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.

Kansas City Chives tight end Travis Kelsey (87) and offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. (57) after a touchdown in the second quarter of an AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 21, 2023, at GEHA Stadium in Arrowhead Stadium.

Kansas City Chives tight end Travis Kelsey (87) and offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. (57) after a touchdown in the second quarter of an AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 21, 2023, at GEHA Stadium in Arrowhead Stadium. (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswear via Getty Images)

“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.

Orlando Brown Jr. (57) of the Kansas City Chiefs and Travis Kelsey (87) play against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium December 18, 2022, in Houston.

Orlando Brown Jr. (57) of the Kansas City Chiefs and Travis Kelsey (87) play against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium December 18, 2022, in Houston. (Cooper Neal / Getty Images)

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.

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“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.

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