Duane Brown out $552,941, Aaron Donald out $106,014 this week

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NFL players who are unhappy with their contracts routinely miss voluntary offseason work. They sometimes even miss mandatory training camp practices, which come with fines of $40,000 a day. But they hardly ever hold out into the regular season.

That’s because players get their base salaries in 17 weekly game checks, and players who don’t show up to work for a week are docked one-seventeenth of their salaries. A player has to be really unhappy with his contract to forego that kind of money.

Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown and Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald are really unhappy with their contracts. And both are continuing to hold out as the regular season begins.

Brown, whose base salary is $9.4 million, will lose $552,941 this week, and every week he continues his holdout. Donald, whose base salary is just over $1.8 million, will lose $106,014 a week.

The last player to leave that kind of money on the table was Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, who held out through the first two games of the 2015 season. His holdout didn’t work, as he ended up reporting and playing out two more years under his old deal before agreeing to a new contract this year. Brown and Donald will hope to get a new deal sooner than that.

31 responses to “Duane Brown out $552,941, Aaron Donald out $106,014 this week

  1. If Donald gets a new contract, then it will set a precedent for every player drafted in the first round to hold out. It’s not gonna happen.

  2. They signed contracts. I understand they may have out played the contract, but honor what you signed and deal with it when the right time comes up. I will take your contracts anytime.

  3. Lmao what the hell does Duane Brown want. $9.4 this year, 9.75 next year and you’re 32 years old. Be surprised if you get a long-term deal if that’s what you want. Smh

  4. Donald can hold out as long as he wants, the Rams hold all the cards, and if they win games without him it weakens his standing even further.

  5. brown is making over 9million this year and he is holding out?? that sounds ridiculous. He’s a decent player but not elite. If I were texas, I’d let him hold out the entire year if he wants, a 9million dollar savings would be pretty sweet!

  6. jimcross1957 says:
    September 9, 2017 at 9:55 am
    They signed contracts. I understand they may have out played the contract, but honor what you signed and deal with it when the right time comes up. I will take your contracts anytime.

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    Brown negotiated his contract, Donald did not, it was given to him with no options. And as far as your willingness to take their contracts, I doubt your career has the average length of 3-4 years, and respectably I doubt you’re the best in the world at what you do

  7. The Rams are crazy not to do everything and come to terms with Donald.

    Brown on the other hand…this is what he wants. He will hold out until he has to report, come in of shape and pick up his $4mil by reporting but being useless to the Texans all year or they will cut him and he still gets the $4mil. After this year he will never play again. He is lazy at best

  8. Brown negotiated his contract, Donald did not, it was given to him with no options.
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    So instead of holding out, Donald should actually be boycotting the NFLPA, who is responsible for the contract he is currently playing under.

  9. $658,955…If the teams (and those two players) really wanted to make a statement, that could go a long way towards helping hurricane victims instead of playing “nanny nanny boo boo” with those two players.

  10. Brown negotiated his contract, Donald did not, it was given to him with no options. And as far as your willingness to take their contracts, I doubt your career has the average length of 3-4 years, and respectably I doubt you’re the best in the world at what you do

    Wrong. Donald wasn’t just given his contract. His agent negotiated the contract within the confines of the rookie salary cap and received the best contract he could.

    They also understated his salary this year. They conveniently omitted the ~$1.4M in prorated bonus which means he will make $3.225M this year. He also has an option next year for $6.892M. He’s probably not going to get a new contract until next year.

    Also, keep in mind, it’s hard for most people to feel sorry for him when he’s forfeiting as much as most people will make in several years.

  11. Not sure how the Rams can sign him to the contract he wants without blowing through the salary cap. Clearly Donald is underpaid, but it might require trading a couple of high-salary players to teams with lots of cap space. The franchise tag on Tru isn’t helping either. The other option is to trade Donald, but they’d want a lot in return.

  12. The owners can’t and won’t let players start demanding on a new contract. If one team folds to the player, then that sett up a boat load of other players trying to do the exact same thing. The owners all decided to put a rookie salary cap in place to protect themselves from high round one draft pick busts. And rightly so. It was completely wrong to have to give a kid straight out of college a contract of 60-70 million before they even play a down in the NFL. These kids get to the NFL, strike it rich right off the bat, and forget what life was like as a broke college kid.

  13. I get it. They outplayed their deals and want their money to reflect it. They don’t want to wait until their current contract expires because if they get injured, GMs forget all the good they did.

    What players should consider is a contingency, post-agreement clause where if the player reaches certain accomplishments, the team agrees to renegotiate.

    Of course, that could wreak havoc on the cap and teams would then ask to renegoiate if a player is out with injury, off-the-field issues or sub-par performance and no way the union will allow such a thing.

  14. gbpackfan3 says:

    Donald’s holdout I can understand.
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    I know. Who can survive on $106,014 a week?

  15. Everyone is missing the forest for the trees when it comes to Brown. He has already received all his guaranteed money. That is what he is after. Not more money. Coming off a recent serious injury I can understand his position. He’s also the anchor of that line. Texans need to reach a compromise with him.

  16. Brown negotiated his contract, Donald did not, it was given to him with no options. And as far as your willingness to take their contracts, I doubt your career has the average length of 3-4 years, and respectably I doubt you’re the best in the world at what you do
    You are right, I am not a pro player, BUT, if I sign a contract, I own up to it. As far as he didn’t negotiate his contract, no he didn’t but the players union did, he signed it, own up to it. The numbers show how many people agree with me.

  17. Duane Brown is PFF’s 14th rated tackle and has been in slow decline the last 4 years. He’s the 16th highest paid tackle despite being 32 with 4 years of decline after his 2012 peak.

    He has 2 years left at over $9 mill/year. He’s already making above market value.

    The end result of a protracted holdout is likely to be him making *less* money…

  18. Why not just change the length of rookie contracts? Change them all to 2 years with 3rd year option. That way if someone out plays their rookie contract they will quickly get paid what they deserve. If they don’t you can get rid of them that much faster with little to no cost.

  19. For anyone who says play out your contracts, what happens when you out-perform your contract and get hurt before you receive a new deal? It’s a BUSINESS people, owners aren’t the only ones with leverage.

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