Before the season started, Duane Brown decided he might not play in 2021 if he didn’t get more guaranteed money or an extension. John Schneider worked out a deal where more of Duane Brown’s money would be guaranteed by adding a year in 2022 which was voided but allowed Brown to get more immediate money.
The salary cap can be a weird thing and knowing how to manipulate it can make or break an NFL team for years. Overspending for a year or two might make those seasons great but then for years after the team suffers.
Brown has been a very good player for a long time. Four times he has made the Pro Bowl. But the last time he did was in 2017 which happened to be his first year in Seattle and he only was in Seattle for half the season.
While Brown still gets decently good grades from Pro Football Focus, he is also having arguably his worst season in a decade. He has allowed 8 sacks this year, his most since 2008 when he was a rookie with the Houston Texans. He also isn’t a top-15 left tackle anymore. PFF has him graded as the 35th-best tackle overall in the NFL in 2021.
Seattle doesn’t have a true replacement for Brown in 2022 but they also shouldn’t keep paying him $10 million a season, especially as Brown will be 37 at the start of the 2022 season.