Texans tight end Pharaoh Brown had some financial motives for losing weight this offseason.
Brown, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract this year, says he lost 18 pounds on the theory that if he’s more of a receiving tight end rather than a blocking tight end, he can get a better contract in 2023.
“I was a fat guy last year,” Brown said, via the Houston Chronicle. “One of the linemen just told me, ‘I’m proud of you, man. You were an O-Line tight end last year, and now you’re out there catching balls. I told him I got a new financial advisor and they told me that the blocking tight end gets the minimum.”
Texans head coach Lovie Smith says Brown has the potential to be both a blocking tight end and a receiving tight end.
“He’s listed as a tight end, but he can play in line, he can move out,” Smith said. “It’s a tough match-up because he has big wide receiver skills. Just another weapon that we have to be able to use. We can line him up at a lot of different positions, so just gives flexibility to our offense.”
Brown’s weight loss secret? He says he has stopped drowning all his meals in barbecue sauce, which he says eliminated “all the sugar and high fructose corn syrup you don’t really notice.”