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Duane Brown: Possible Contract Extension for the Seahawks Veteran Left Tackle

Kartik Mathur

Duane Brown

Duane Brown is coming into the last year of his contract this season. After playing at an absolutely stellar level last season, he is now for a new contract.

Brown will be probably looking to play for another 2-3 years. Here’s a look at a possible contract extension for the star tackle:

Duane Brown possible contract extension

He recorded a fantastic PFF grade of 87.8 and gave up just two sacks all season while being penalized on only two occasions.

This season, he has a heavy cap hit of more than $13 million. Extending him may also be in favour of Seattle as it can spread out the salary. As a result, this years cap hit can reduce.

Possible contract extension: 2 years $29 million 

This would give him a fee hike of close to $3 million per year and keeping him locked in for some more time. Russell Wilson would be more than happy to have his best lineman protecting him for the next few years. Seattle could also add void years in order to push the cap hit down the future.

Duane Brown stats

The 35-year-old left tackle has been nothing but spectacular. Last season, he surrendered just 2 sacks. Even at this age he’s explosive and is a smooth blocker.

The Seahawks did however draft left tackle Stone Forsythe who stands at 6-foot-8 and 307 pounds. He’ll be the perfect candidate to learn from Brown and will also be a solid backup.

How good is the Seahawks offensive line?

Tackles: Duane Brown as mentioned above should continue to be an elite left tackle. Brandon Shell had a much better season last year, coming off a career-high 71.4 overall grade. He cut down his pressures allowed in half going from 43 in 2019 to only 24 last year.

Guards: Damien Lewis produced an 83.5 run-blocking grade that ranked fifth in the league last season. However, he did have problems with pass protection as he allowed 28 pressures and three sacks. Overall, Lewis should be only better than last season but his shift to left guard may be a problem. On the other hand, newly added Gabe Jackson is a solid pass blocker as he allowed 0 sacks last season.

Center: The center position is perhaps the Seahawks weakest position on offense. Ethan Pocic did struggle protecting Russell Wilson last season. While he did take a drastic step forward from previous years, Pocic has to up his game coming into this year. Pocic will have an open competition with Kyle Fuller in training camp while other players will fight for starting roles as well.

Overall, the offensive line should definitely improve from past season. Young players such as Pocic and Lewis should only be improving while the rest should remain consistent.

Also read: NFL power rankings 2021 – Top teams who pose as true contenders 

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