LT Duane Brown has been one of the best tackles in the league. But the Pro Bowler is holding out in a bid to get a new contract. And Russell Wilson has a blunt message for the Seahawks front office.
Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown has not practiced yet in training camp, and he appears to be “holding in” while he seeks a new contract. Brown is heading into the final year of the contract he signed with the Seahawks in 2018 and is due a $10 million salary this season. Brown is still a valuable part of the Seahawks’ offense, but he’ll turn 36 this month, and the Seahawks may view 2021 as Brown’s final season.
Jamal Adams and Duane Brown were among the Seahawks who didn’t take part in today’s mock game as they continue their hold-ins. That’s Adams in the sunglasses afterward. This is what his demeanor has looked like all camp — upbeat and engaged despite not yet having a new deal. pic.twitter.com/BQp8FUVFUN
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Russell Wilson has struggled with a weak offensive line for a few years now. So it’s no surprise he wants the Seahawks to sign the 4 time Pro Bowler
Russell Wilson says the Seahawks need Duane Brown
Speaking to the media this weekend, Wilson made it clear that not having Brown is “a pretty significant deal” due to how good he is.
“Not having Duane Brown out there is a pretty significant deal because I think he’s one of the best left tackles in the game, there’s no arguing it,” Wilson said Sunday after the Seahawks’ mock game at Lumen Field. “I think he’s as good as it gets.”
“There’s nobody more athletic, more talented than he is. Age is just a number. He looks like he’s 28-30 out there. He’s really exceptional. So smart and physical, understands the game, and I think people fear him, to be honest with you, when they’re rushing him and playing against him.”
“So we definitely want to be able to get him back out there. We’ve got to figure that out because we need Duane Brown.”
The Seahawks hvae up until Sept. 12’s season opener, which is 5 weeks away, to get a deal done. So there is a ton of time left. Problem is, they’re trying to extend Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams, whose contract situation is their top priority.