Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Oct 2017

UPDATE: Terms of Duane Brown Trade Change

Offensive line continuity is nice but guys who can actually play are nicer. The Seahawks make a nice upgrade to their biggest weakness by dealing for disgruntled Texans left tackle Duane Brown. Details still to be announced. The Texans, I guess, made the decision they were not going to pay what Brown wanted in a new contract. He's currently supposed to make $9.75 million in 2018, the last year of his old deal, and wants a new one. It's not really a "downgrade" for Houston from what the Texans have done so far this year, in that Brown held out for seven weeks and only played his first game on Sunday. But it's a downgrade from what we thought they would be getting back.

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Texans will receive 27-year-old cornerback Jeremy Lane, a 2018 fifth-round pick, and a 2019 second-round pick in the deal.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Jeremy Lane failed his physical with Houston. The deal is now Brown and a 2018 fifth-round pick to Seattle, and a 2018 third-round pick and 2019 second-round pick to Houston.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 30 Oct 2017

11 comments, Last at 03 Nov 2017, 3:39pm by Aaron Brooks Good Twin


by Raiderjoe :: Mon, 10/30/2017 - 7:40pm

txn as get Jeremy lane in dealk

by willybhu :: Mon, 10/30/2017 - 8:08pm

Appropriate username

by Alternator :: Tue, 10/31/2017 - 5:42pm

You must be new here. Welcome to the community, and bask in the knowledge of Raiderjoe.

by BJR :: Mon, 10/30/2017 - 8:16pm

This would be an interesting one for Ben Muth to cover. How much impact can we realistically expect Brown to have joining mid-season?

by Pen :: Mon, 10/30/2017 - 10:07pm

Houston used to use a ZBS until they got their new coach. So he should fit right in.

by acr :: Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:09am

I wonder how the Texans locker room takes this after Brown's criticisms of Bob McNair.

by LyleNM :: Tue, 10/31/2017 - 12:27pm

Brown had been holding out for the maximum time allowed. A trade was certainly not going to be a surprise to anyone in the locker room before or after McNair's comments.

by Pen :: Tue, 10/31/2017 - 5:14pm

I foresee the media starting an incorrect narrative as the season progresses. That being that the acquisition of Duane Brown "turned around" a horrible Seahawks offensive line. The reality is, Germain Ifedi is one of only five tackles with 280 or more snaps who has not given up a sack and one of only two who have also only given up one QB hit. Justin Britt is a Pro Bowl center, Ethan Pocic, in his two games so far has allowed only 2 pressures in his 66 snaps. Only the 2005 Seahawks had more yardage after 7 games than this offense. Wilson is second in passing behind Brady.

Rees Odhiambo was the weak link. Ranked dead last out of 74 players. He's just been replaced by a three time Pro Bowler.

The Seahawks have racked up over 425 yards in 4 of the past 5 games. The lone exception was against the #3 ranked DVOA defense of the Rams, whom they beat on the road. I expect this addition will push them over the top and make them a Super Bowl favorite. But it will not be the move that "turned their offense around."

by LyleNM :: Tue, 10/31/2017 - 6:03pm

It will be nice if it turns their running game around though.

by tictoc :: Tue, 10/31/2017 - 6:05pm

You provide a perspective of the Oline that I hadn't considered. They've definitely been better pass blocking of late, helped by Russell's escapibility. But maybe the improvement will be in the run game where they've went from 'meh' to putrid.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Fri, 11/03/2017 - 3:39pm

I wonder if the Texans wish they had kept Brown now.