Brown is hopeful that common ground will be reached "soon enough."
If his regular-season numbers bolster his argument for a Cutler contract, his postseason failures back up Brown's contention that a Kaepernick deal is more appropriate.
Realizing that he holds the leverage, Brown confirmed Tuesday that the franchise tag is an option in 2015 if no deal is reached this year.
That's the scenario that has always made the most sense.
Until Dalton proves that he can make his surrounding talent better, Brown is going to be reluctant to reward him with $50 million in guarantees.