The Seattle Seahawks reportedly worked out offensive tackle Branden Albert on Monday according to ESPN's Field Yates but it may be part of a larger plan to acquire an arguably more talented left tackle.
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According to NFL Reporter Benjamin Allbright, that may be the team's ultimate play. They're using Albert's existence as leverage to drive down the Texans asking price on Brown. Allbright didn't specify if he was in fact reporting that or speculating but he did say the plan was working, which suggest some knowledge of the situation.
According to TexansCap.com, the Seahawks have been inquiring about trading for Brown for quite some time.
Meanwhile Brown, who has spent his entire career in Houston, is embattled in a lengthy holdout which he hopes pays off with a new contract. At age 32 and with nine years of NFL service already under his belt, the cap conscious Seahawks don't seem like a likely suitor to give him a new deal, if they traded for him.
But a trade would almost certainly come equipped with a contract that would lure Brown out of his holdout.
While Brown may be thought of as the more reliable option, the recent award recognition points in Albert's favor. He was more recognized as a Pro Bowler in 2015 while Brown's last accolade came in 2014 when he went to a Pro Bowl. Both were in the AFC during this time frame.
Brown's All-Pro selection came in 2012.
Many moving pieces are involved in this scenario but the however this plays out the 12's are hoping it ends in a Pro Bowl left tackle.
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Source : https://247sports.com/nfl/seattle-seahawks/Bolt/Report-Seattle-Seahawks-have-inquired-about-LT-Duane-Brown-108686147