Brooks’ agent, Joe Panos, confirmed that this is the sense he’s gotten from the Texans, and expects to exchange proposals in the coming days.
“I met with Houston and they most definitely said he was a priority,” Panos said. “In the next couple days we’ll trade proposals.”
Last week, Texans GM Rick Smith told reporters that they would “love” to have Brooks back next year.
“I think you can look through the balance of our roster and see that our good, young football players are guys that we try to extend,” Smith said. “And certainly Brandon is one of those guys and is a key cog in our offensive line and we would love to have him back.”
Brooks, 26, finished out his rookie contract with the Texans and is now in position to cash in big time as one of the best interior offensive lineman in this year’s free agent class.
In 2015, Brooks appeared in 14 games for the Texans and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 37 guard out of 81 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.