Seahawks trade for Houston LT Duane Brown

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Oct 24, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Houston Texans tackle Duane Brown (76) in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Seahawks have traded for Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown, according to reports from both ESPN and NFL Network.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Seattle will be sending cornerback Jeremy Lane, a 2018 fifth-round pick, and a 2019 second-round pick in return for Brown. Moving Lane allows the Seahawks to fit Brown’s contract into the salary cap.

Brown, 32, is a three-time Pro Bowler and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2012. Brown will slide into Seattle’s starting left tackle role, replacing Rees Odhiambo. Brown will be an immediate upgrade for an offensive line that has been among the league’s worst. The move gives Russell Wilson one of the best blind-side blockers in the NFL.

Wilson has been sacked 16 times this season, but has faced pressure on the majority of his dropbacks. With Brown at left tackle, it will help in the development of rookie Ethan Pocic by giving him an established veteran playing alongside him. Pocic has been filling in for injured left guard Luke Joeckel.

Lane, 27, had fallen out of favor with the Seattle coaching staff, losing the starting right cornerback job to rookie Shaquill Griffin. Lane also would have lost more playing time in the coming weeks with Deshawn Shead coming back from injury.

Brown has a salary of $9.4 million in 2017 and $9.75 in 2018, but had a cap hit of $5.25 million this year and $7.25 million the following two years. Lane had a cap hit of $6 million in 2018 and 2019.

Brown ended a holdout last Monday, playing in his first game of the season Sunday against the Seahawks. He played in 68 of Houston’s 71 offensive snaps. But he had become a major part of the storyline regarding Bob McNair’s recent comments. Brown’s issues with his contract and his displeasure with McNair’s comments made it seem very likely that he would be traded by the October 31st deadline.

After trading next year’s second round pick, the Seahawks are now without their next two second-round picks, trading their 2018 pick to the Jets for Sheldon Richardson.

Benjamin Allbright reported Seattle’s interest in trading for Brown on October 9th, following the Seahawks meeting with free agent Branden Albert.


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