According to Florio, Brown has already lost $3.3 million of his $9.4 million base salary to go along with roughly $1.5 million of fines for skipping training camp.
Florio adds that if Brown is going to report to the team, he’ll have to do it at some point in the near future. Should Brown not report to the team by the end of the week, he would risk the Texans seeking a roster exemption that could be up to three weeks, which could prevent Brown from getting credit for the contract year.
Houston is reportedly hoping for Brown to return this year, but Florio mentions that they would be willing to consider a trade offer for Brown if the value is there.
Brown is holding out for a new contract, which has already triggered a de-escalator in his contract that will cost him $250,000 for the 2017 season. Brown previously sat out of voluntary workouts, so he appears to be committed to securing a better contract.
Offensive tackles made out well in free agency this year with the top players walking away with between $12-$13 million per year.
Brown, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Texans back in 2008. He’s currently in the sixth year of his seven-year, $56.2 million contract that includes $22.08 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $9.65 million and $9.75 million over the next two years.
In 2016, Brown appeared in 12 games and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 14 offensive tackle out of 78 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Brown and his holdout as the news is available.