Texans Duane Brown Ends Holdout

Texans Duane Brown Ends Holdout

Texans left tackle Duane Brown

The Houston Texans got some good news this week as All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown has decided to end his holdout and report to the team. The news was reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport Monday Morning.

There was the possibility that the Houston Texans could have traded Brown but that no longer appears likely. A trade could have worked out for both parties with the Brown being moved to another team and the Texans getting something for essentially nothing. Now that is not the case as Brown has returned and is expected to be in the starting lineup to help protect rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson.

The Texans offense has revolved on keeping Watson out of harms way and so far that has been a moderate success even without the former All-Pro. Brown can help solidify a line for an offense that has started to click and is putting the league on notice. The passing game has improved nearly each week however the rushing attack still needs some work. Luckily for the Texans, the most successful rushing plays last season came from running to the left side where Brown calls home.

The return of Brown is a huge benefit to the offense however there could be other factors at play that are not yet known. These factors involve the trade market. It is assumed a trade of Brown is unlikely but that could have changed this past Sunday.

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas suffered a tear in his left triceps and will miss the remainder of the season. This directly affects Duane Brown and the Houston Texans. Thomas’ name always pops up in trade talks near the deadline as he is one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL. With Thomas out for the year, the window has opened for the Texans to potentially move Brown.  Brown is now the best offensive linemen who could be available via trade. Brown still has one year left on his contract after this season and can be a valuable asset to a team in need of solidifying their offensive line not just for this season, but next year as well.

Big trades rarely happen at the NFL’s trade deadline, however this is a situation that is screaming big deadline deal. Duane Brown held out the first eight weeks of the season and conveniently returns to the team after Joe Thomas is ruled out for the season. This could be treated as a potential showcase for Brown to see what teams are possibly interested in acquiring the talented left tackle.

Duane Brown is not a player that should be considered expendable, few former All-Pro’s are. However the offense has not struggled without him and could be viewed as a piece to help strengthen a defense that is currently without J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Brian Cushing.

If the Houston Texans decide to hold on to Duane Brown, it will be a benefit for their offense. Having a strong offensive line for a rookie quarterback is key to their success, just look at Dak Prescott in Dallas. Prescott has excelled behind what is considered one of the better offensive lines in the NFL. With the addition of Brown to the Texans line, Watson can continue to display his playmaking ability and carry the Texans into the playoffs.

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Source : https://sports.yahoo.com/texans-duane-brown-ends-holdout-173952056.html

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