Seahawks GM John Schneider: We want Duane Brown to finish career in Seattle

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While newly acquired left tackle Duane Brown is only under contract through next season, Seahawks general manager John Schneider made it clear Monday afternoon they see Brown as a big part of their future.

“Because we acquired Duane, we want him to finish his career here and have him be here for several more years,” Schneider said.

The Seahawks reached an agreement with the Texans to acquire Brown in exchange for cornerback Jeremy Lane and a pair of draft picks. The deal is still contingent on physicals and other administrative steps being completed.

Brown solves a significant problem for the Seahawks at left tackle. Schneider said he’d been in talks with the Texans ever since George Fant tore his ACL during the preseason with Seattle. That injury forced the Seahawks to use Rees Odhiambo at left tackle for the first seven games of the season.

While Odhiambo could be serviceable in pass protection, he really struggled as a run blocker. Jadeveon Clowney frequently tossed Odhiambo around during Sunday’s game between the Seahawks and Texans. Brown’s addition adds a steadying influence to a beleaguered offensive line that has improved throughout the season.

“We’re really excited to get him up here, get him back up here,” Schneider said. “He could have just stayed overnight, I guess, but we’re just really excited to add the player and his leadership and the guy.

“Power. Physicality. He’s got great hands, really good instincts. He’s just a mountain of a man.”

The Seahawks will have to do some maneuvering around the salary cap to add Brown to their roster. The trade of Jeremy Lane to Houston isn’t enough to offset the salary commitments Brown brings along with him. Giving Brown a contract extension – which he was seeking for Houston in holding out for the first seven weeks of the year – could allow Seattle the flexibility they need to fit Brown into their salary cap. It would also set the table for him to be a part of the team beyond the 2018 season.

The deal likely won’t be completed until late-Tuesday or Wednesday, which gives Seattle time to complete the contract hurdles necessary.

“He’s an alpha male, he’s a leader, he’s been through a lot of the NFL battles,” Schneider said. “These guys know who he is. He’s one of those guys. It’s kind of like what you saw with Dwight Freeney coming in here last week, where those guys were kind of like, ‘Holy s—, that’s Dwight Freeney.’ Same thing with this guy. They all know who Duane Brown is.”

Brown is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2012.

15 responses to “Seahawks GM John Schneider: We want Duane Brown to finish career in Seattle

  1. With him at LT and Joekel moved to LG that would be a good left side. The youngsters can work the right side and Seattle has a decent offensive line…next year…

  2. “Jadeveon Clowney frequently tossed Odhiambo around during Sunday’s game between the Seahawks and Texans.”

    And Duane Brown had to practice frequently against Clowney, so he’s obviously no slouch.

  3. Solves a big issue. With Ifedi improving game to game and Posic controlling everyone at LG, the Seahawks have a chance to be a top 10 OL by next year, at least in pass pro.

    Get used to what you saw last week NFL. The Seahawks are coming for all of you!!

  4. Looking forward to Sunday even more than usual!

    Kirk Cousins is coming to town. He won’t be able to “Russell Wilson” the defense like DeShaun Watson did. I expect a good game from the defense this week.

  5. No excuses now Cable. You have: Pro bowler Brown, 1st round picks Ifedi and Joekel, and mid round picks in Britt, Glowinski and Obie. This is your chance to make it happen. If you cannot then you have to go.

  6. Yea!!! one big useless piece of cancer has been removed from our locker room!!! Yea!!! move to come…

  7. bartpkelly says:
    With him at LT and Joekel moved to LG that would be a good left side. The youngsters can work the right side and Seattle has a decent offensive line…next year…
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    What team are you watching? Posic has played far better than Joekel, to the point I’ll bet the Seahawks release him once he’s healthy. Ifedi hasn’t given up so much as hit in 5 games, and Britt was already playing at a Pro Bowl level. Oboushi is major upgrade over Glowinski. Things are looking up for this OL right now, not next year.

  8. I love that Wilson is reworking his contract to make this happen. Smart move by Russ. I’m worried this means we might not have money to sign Sheldon Richardson to a new deal because he’s been a beast on the D line and Bennett is getting old. Or that Graham might not be back. Expect Jimmy to have a lot more targets now that he won’t need to chip block as much. Still, this is a great “win now” move.

  9. As a Texans fan it’s sad to see him go, but I agreed with the front office that it didn’t make sense to sign him to a new long-term deal. Great move for the Seahawks, he will fit their current window for a Super Bowl.

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