BY Art Thiel 02:22PM 07/28/2018

Brown gets 3-year extension from Seahawks

The contract extension for LT Duane Brown, a five-time All-Pro, is reportedly done, keeping a commitment the Seahawks made when he was acquired at midseason last year.

Pete Carroll said he loves having Duane Brown on his team. / Art Thiel, Sportspress Northwest

A new deal for holdout FS Earl Thomas doesn’t seem in the mix, but the Seahawks like them some Duane Brown. A lot.

Pro Football Talk reported that the five-time All-Pro left tackle, 33 next month, is getting a three-year extension through 2021. The Seattle Times reported the deal could pay him up to $46 million, but the amount of guaranteed money has yet to be disclosed.

He was booked to receive $9.75 million this season, the final year of a contract the Seahawks inherited in a 2017 mid-season trade with Houston.

Brown held out the first the first eight games of Texans’ season, coming back in the ninth game against Seattle at the Clink to assure his eligibility for free agency in 2019.

That could be the scenario that plays out for Thomas, who is sticking to his vow not to show up until he gets an extension. There has been no indication from the Seahawks or Thomas’s side that negotiations are underway. Thomas, 29, was on the trade block throughout the off-season, but the Seahawks’ reported ask of a second-round pick — for a potential one-year rental — went unmet.

The Brown extension had been anticipated because the Seahawks so valued anchoring the most important position in their often-dubious offensive line. Since Russell Okung departed in free agency following the 2015 season, the position has been a mish-mash of players either injured or under-qualified to protect QB Russell Wilson’s blind side.

“Duane made an immediate impression on us when he got here,” Carroll told reporters as camp opened Thursday. “This is a real leader. He’s a real man in that huddle and in the locker room, and we’re very, very fortunate to have him.

“Great worker. He’s really an astute ball player, got a great voice in perspective. He’s going to help other guys. Last year (after the trade) was right in the middle of everything. He couldn’t have the effect, but you could see the potential. I love to have him on my team.”

Brown was non-committal Thursday when asked about the pending extension.

“I’m just out here working, man, focusing on my craft,” he said. “I’m excited to be out here. This is my first training camp in a couple years, because I was injured the year before last.

“Being able to have a full year with the guys is the time when the O-line specifically builds our chemistry. So being able to be a part of that is huge for me.”


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  • Bruce McDermott

    Pretty sure that $46 million figure was over four years, counting the $9.75m Brown is getting this year…

    • John M

      Whatever it takes, we do have what appears to be the best LT since big Walt . . .

      • art thiel

        Health permitting, that’s true.

    • art thiel

      That is what I meant, but I don’t know if they restructured his 2018 compensation.

  • ll9956

    I am just an uninformed observer, but I think Earl Thomas is making a mistake by holding out. Perhaps his present position is motivated by the ever-present risk of injury. Barring that, It seems to me that his primary objective would be to maximize his income. If he reports to camp, that guarantees he will collect every cent of his $8.5M salary. Then at the end of the season, presuming that he makes a valuable contribution, he can test the waters for other offers, and if the Seahawks can’t or won’t match them, it’s Sayonara. Kind of similar the deal Golden Tate got from Detroit.

    • art thiel

      His primary goal is maxing out his salary over several years, not just this year, and he thinks someone in the market will give it to him. The Seahawks, having extended Chancellor and Bennett only to see them get hurt, are not in the mood to get burned again.

  • Tman

    It’s all about pay and fun. How do you get both? It’s possible. European football (soccer) for example. They all seem to be having fun with few complaints.

    Our system has two fatal flaws.

    1. For one person to make money, another has to lose money.

    Example: Average Seahawk ticket prices were $400 to 480 in 2017.

    2. The object is to make the most money while expending the least effort.

    Example: What, exactly, did Paul Allen do to earn his money?

    Living the Dream.

    The problem is our chance of getting rich is nil. Worse than the lottery.

    540 Americans are billionaires. 11 million are millionaires. 27 football players earned a million or more last year.*

    There are 327 million Americans. 32% live in or near poverty**. That’s 1 out of 3.

    Not fun.

    There are better systems out there. Just ask the millennials.

    *http://www.pjstar.com/zz/news/20180128/think-nfl-players-are-all-millionaires-think-again

    **https://ballotpedia.org/Fact_check/Does_half_of_the_U.S._live_%22in_or_near_poverty%22%3F