Duane Brown deal announced, reportedly worth $53.4 million

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The Texans have officially announced left tackle Duane Brown’s contract extension.

“We are thrilled to have solidified our offensive line with this extension for Duane,” said Texans Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Rick Smith in a statement from the team. “We believe Duane is an outstanding young left tackle who has the determination, commitment and ability to develop into one of the NFL’s top performers. It’s also an exciting day for our organization. We’ve laid the foundation for sustained success and this is an important step in building on that and toward a championship.”

The team did not announce any terms of the deal, but John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that it is for six years and $53.4 million. That’s an average of just under $9 million per season, which is a pretty good price for a left tackle turning 27 this month and coming off a season that saw him named a second-team All-Pro. Per McClain, the extension kicks in after this season — Brown will make $2.08 million this year — and guarantees the tackle upward of $22 million.

Linebacker Connor Barwin is also reportedly on the team’s radar for an extension. If he gets one, the Texans would then likely turn their attention toward figuring out how to move forward with quarterback Matt Schaub as he approaches free agency after the 2012 season.

12 responses to “Duane Brown deal announced, reportedly worth $53.4 million

  1. Where does that put them in regards to the cap next year? is there enough cheese for everyone to be happy?

  2. I’m not so sure Shaub deserves the big check yet. They need to hold out on him and wait and see.

  3. Nice hometown discount for one of the premier OT’s in the league. Now he can break Steeler linebacker faces for many years to come. Houston still has like 8 more starters with expiring contracts but should be able to offset that with their 10+ draft picks in the next couple of drafts. They’re definitely building things the right way down in Houston.

  4. Signing Schaub has been put off until after the season for two reasons.

    1: The team doesn’t negotiate during the season. Once the first kick off of the first regular season game is in the air, the window is closed until next year.

    2: They want to see if Schaub can stay healthy during a whole season.

    No surprise on the second one. Schaub has been injured a lot during his time here and the management needs to SEE if he can stay healthy for the big run of the post season.

    You can’t be considered “elite” if you can’t finish an entire campaign.

    Good signing for Duane.
    Smart thinking on waiting on Schaub.

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