A new deal for holdout FS Earl Thomas doesn’t seem in the mix, but the Seahawks like them some Duane Brown. A lot.
Pro Football Talk reported that the five-time All-Pro left tackle, 33 next month, is getting a three-year extension through 2021. The Seattle Times reported the deal could pay him up to $46 million, but the amount of guaranteed money has yet to be disclosed.
He was booked to receive $9.75 million this season, the final year of a contract the Seahawks inherited in a 2017 mid-season trade with Houston.
Brown held out the first the first eight games of Texans’ season, coming back in the ninth game against Seattle at the Clink to assure his eligibility for free agency in 2019.
That could be the scenario that plays out for Thomas, who is sticking to his vow not to show up until he gets an extension. There has been no indication from the Seahawks or Thomas’s side that negotiations are underway. Thomas, 29, was on the trade block throughout the off-season, but the Seahawks’ reported ask of a second-round pick — for a potential one-year rental — went unmet.
The Brown extension had been anticipated because the Seahawks so valued anchoring the most important position in their often-dubious offensive line. Since Russell Okung departed in free agency following the 2015 season, the position has been a mish-mash of players either injured or under-qualified to protect QB Russell Wilson’s blind side.
“Duane made an immediate impression on us when he got here,” Carroll told reporters as camp opened Thursday. “This is a real leader. He’s a real man in that huddle and in the locker room, and we’re very, very fortunate to have him.
“Great worker. He’s really an astute ball player, got a great voice in perspective. He’s going to help other guys. Last year (after the trade) was right in the middle of everything. He couldn’t have the effect, but you could see the potential. I love to have him on my team.”
Brown was non-committal Thursday when asked about the pending extension.
“I’m just out here working, man, focusing on my craft,” he said. “I’m excited to be out here. This is my first training camp in a couple years, because I was injured the year before last.
“Being able to have a full year with the guys is the time when the O-line specifically builds our chemistry. So being able to be a part of that is huge for me.”