Both Duane Brown and the Seahawks want to get this done
So what could an extension look like?
The offensive tackle market has exploded in recent years. Because of this and Brown’s age, many fans think letting Brown walk and starting Forsyth may be the right call.
However, I am fairly confident that an extension will likely be a fair deal for both team and player. With Brown entering the twilight of his career, he is likely looking for a Super Bowl and stability. The Seahawks meanwhile will want to protect themselves in case Brown play starts to show signs of aging.
My proposed extension:
Terms: 2 years, $29 million
Average salary: $14.5 million
Signing bonus: $7 million
Guaranteed: $15 million
Total contract including the 2021 season:
Terms: 3 years, $42.29
Average salary: $14.1 million
Guaranteed: $16.5 million
Cap hits by year:
- 2021: $11.29 million
- 2022: $14.5 million
- 2023: $16.5 million
The extension saves Seattle $2 million in 2021 to help bolster the roster. The Seahawks and Duane Brown would have a mutual out after the 2022 season. If Brown decided to retire or Seattle to move on it would leave only $2.3 million in dead cap at that point. All of this has the making for a low-risk, high-reward move.
If Brown continues to play near an All-Pro level as he has, this contract will be well below what the other ‘Elite’ left tackles make. If Brown struggles or finds father time checking in, Seattle can cut Brown after one more season with little money left in dead cap. This is a move that needs to happen.