Duane Brown seems to have gotten old this season. He is 36 years old, to be exact. That isn’t ancient for an offensive lineman but a player getting into their late 30s is when a team might start to see diminishing returns from that player. That has happened to Brown in 2021.
There was some question as to whether Brown would hold out into the season as he wanted his contract re-worked. Seattle did restructure his deal and the team gave him a bonus of $7 million for 2021 for doing so. Brown’s 2022 year is basically voided and so Brown doesn’t have a contract past this year. And he shouldn’t return to Seattle next season.
Brown is graded by Pro Football Focus as the 33rd best tackle in the NFL currently but that number is skewed by PFF giving Brown a 90.1 grade receiving for some reason. In areas that truly matter, Brown is graded at 45th for pass blocking and 48th in run blocking. That’s not good.
Brown has also allowed 7 sacks already this year. That is his most since 2009 when Brown was in his second year in the NFL. But Brown still has seven games left to play this season. The Seahawks don’t have a definite replacement for Brown currently on the roster but paying Brown another $9 million-plus in 2022 would be a waste of money.