Bumpus: Why Seahawks will likely reunite with LT Duane Brown
The Seahawks have made a handful of moves on both sides of the ball this offseason, but one key area on offense has yet to be addressed.
That would be at offensive tackle, where 2021 starters Duane Brown and Brandon Shell are both still unrestricted free agents and free to sign back with Seattle or join any of the NFL’s 31 other teams.
The Seahawks may have some in-house options at right tackle for 2022, namely 2021 undrafted rookie free agent Jake Curhan, but replacing Brown, a multi-time Pro Bowler whose main task is protecting the quarterback’s blind side, is a more difficult task.
Brown is 36 years old and while he wasn’t his best in 2021, he’s still a reliable left tackle and would be an obvious upgrade over anyone the Seahawks currently have on the roster. Brown has been the starting left tackle for the Seahawks since he was acquired from the Houston Texans midway through the 2017 season.
“I lean more towards them bringing him back,” he said. “I think that they understand how important he is in this whole, I guess, ‘non-rebuild’ or whatever you want to call it. That’s an important piece.”
Bumpus said having a veteran like Brown who’s proven, who has “been through some battles” and is someone you can trust is huge for the Seahawks after moving on from two of their captains.
“Right now, that’s one of the biggest questions is leadership, right? Who are the leaders, the bonafide leaders of this team right now?” Bumpus said. ” (Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner) are gone. So even if you have to deal with maybe (Brown) not practicing a lot, because he’s an older guy out there, I think you have to bring him back. And I think they understand that. So my confidence level, I’m leaning towards Duane Brown being back and them figuring something out.”
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