Worried Seahawks LT Duane Brown’s contract will be an issue? Here’s why you can relax
Seahawks mandotory minicamp got off to a bit of a rocky start Tuesday when NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that stalwart left tackle Duane Brown is seeking a new contract.
Considering the Seahawks are trying to get safety Jamal Adams extended before the 2021 season, will most likely be looking to lock up wide receiver DK Metcalf to a massive deal next offseason, and are just coming off some uneasiness with quarterback Russell Wilson in recent months, that news may have felt like things are piling up on the team.
Here’s the deal with Brown, though – he’s not going anywhere. At least that’s what 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake and Stacy explained Wednesday.
“There’s a lot on paper to panic about,” Rost said. “I understand why people are a little worried because you have four stars, guys that you couldn’t see the Seahawks getting to the Super Bowl without, and you’re kind of unsure what all of their futures look like in Seattle. But I don’t think anybody should be worried – at least not yet.”
Why’s that? Well, with Wilson, it appears he and the team have put everything behind them – and they even had some fun with the whole situation with a photo op during head coach Pete Carroll’s press conference Tuesday. The issue of Metcalf’s contract, meanwhile, won’t come up until after the 2021 season, and clearly the Seahawks are geared up to keep one of the most promising young talents in the game. And while Adams may not have a contract extension yet and there are some hurdles for the two sides to get through, things are unlikely to go sideways with Brown, who is 35 and signed only through the 2021 season.
Heaps explained that despite Brown’s age, Seattle is showing it will do what it needs to in order to keep Brown around as long as he continues to produce. And he’s showing no signs of slowing down yet.
“Left tackle, as brutal of a position as it is, being in the trenches, for whatever reason the truly special ones are able to extend their careers beyond the normal life expectancy of a top left tackle in the league,” he said. “I think Duane Brown is going to be on that trail. (That’s because of) the way that this guy works, the way that he is dialed in, his history of being healthy and on the field, not to mention the fact that he is one of your stout leaders in the building and he brings attitude, he brings toughness to your group.”
If you’re worried the Seahawks would choose to move on from Brown rather than give him another contract, Heaps said they’re showing why that’s not in their plans.
“I just don’t see that the Seahawks have any choice (but to extend Brown). There’s no exit strategy,” he said. “If there’s anybody in Seattle’s front office that’s saying, ‘You know what, Duane’s 35, he’s going to be 36, we just drafted this kid Stone Forsythe,’ I hope someone (stops them right there and says), ‘Let’s not think that way. We’ve got a bonafide Pro Bowl-level left tackle who has been a mainstay for our program since 2017 – let’s take care of him.’
“I think you extend him. Right now he’s getting paid middle of the pack in terms of tackle money. … He may want a little bit of a pay raise. I don’t think that’s going to be exorbitant, and I think you have to give it to him because your exit strategy is not better than Duane Brown.”
Rost hammered home Heaps’ point.
“If you don’t have anyone yet that you know can be that caliber of player, why would you ever get rid of him?”
You can hear the full conversation in the podcast at this link or in the player below from Wednesday’s edition of Jake and Stacy.