On Tuesday the Seahawks made a deal to re-work left tackle Duane Brown’s contract. This is a great thing for 12s everywhere. Sure, it makes Brown satisfied and should make Russell Wilson smile but the way Seattle approached the Brown contract is another example that Seattle does things the right way.
There are several players who used to play for the Seahawks who moved on to other teams but spoke highly of their time in Seattle. Cassius Marsh, for instance, liked Seattle but then “hated” playing for the Patriots. Players like playing for John Schneider and Pete Carroll for the most part because they are treated as human beings.
Duane Brown likely feels the same way. Brown once played for the Texans and disliked the organization. Yes, Brown did a hold-in this offseason but there never really felt like a chance he would miss games. Seattle has now guaranteed him more money for 2021 though not after it.
Duane Brown good to go for the Seahawks in week one
This is a win-win for both Brown and the Seahawks. Brown is getting older (he will be 37 years old this season) but is still really good and Seattle does not have his replacement on the current roster. They may not by next offseason either but at least the re-working of Brown’s deal gives the Seahawks some time.
Brown is now guaranteed $7 million dollars in 2021 with the potential to earn $12 million. Before the re-work, Brown was due to make at most $10 million with $4 million guaranteed.
And let’s not forget that Brown ever hinted that he might miss games. He may not have participated in on-field drills but still showed up to camp and took part in meetings. Brown is the best offensive lineman that Seattle has and is a leader in the locker room no matter his contract status.
But best of all is that John Schneider got a re-worked deal done with Brown before week one, was able to make player happy and also not hamstring the team to a potentially bad contract in 2022. Heck, if Brown does well he might be re-signed for 2022 too. But having Brown definitely in the lineup week one should make 12s happy too because Brown on the field simply makes the Seahawks a better team.