Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Texans LT Duane Brown is prepared to continue holding out for a new contract “at least another month” and will not report to the team until after its Week 7 bye at the earliest.
According to La Canfora, Brown plans to take his holdout as far as he can without losing an accrued season, which means he’ll need to be back for the team’s final eight weeks of the season.
As for contract talks, La Canfora says that the Texans haven’t displayed a willingness to negotiate a new contract for Brown up to this point and that may not change, considering how contentious this situation has become.
Should the Texans make Brown available for trade, he says there likely would be interest from a number of contenders possibly including the Seahawks.
The Texans offensive line hasn’t played great since opening the year, but it’s clear that the mobility of rookie QB Deshaun Watson has at least helped to some degree.
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.