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Old 06-12-2012   #1
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Default Duane Brown: “I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston”

That's great........because he's going to be here........even if it takes a tag, which I hope doesn't happen.


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Posted by Nick Scurfield on June 11, 2012 – 1:42 pm

Texans left tackle Duane Brown is in the final year of his rookie contract, and he says he’d love to stay in Houston long-term.

A first-round draft pick in 2008 out of Virginia Tech, Brown discussed his contract situation last week on my “Off the Turf with Scurf” podcast.

“I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston,” he said. “I was drafted here, been here four years. I love the city, love this organization. I love the team. I love my teammates. So I’d love to be here as long as I can. You know, it’s a business. You don’t really have too much control over what happens, but all I can do is control this year. I’m here to play. I’m here to give 150 percent and try to have the best year of my career.”

Brown is coming off a stellar 2011 season, when he allowed only 2.5 sacks and was named second-team All-Pro. Texans coach Gary Kubiak said last week that Brown is having a “great offseason” and taking his game to another level.

“I’m just capitalizing off of the best season of my career,” Brown said. “I’m a certified veteran on this team now, and I realized what I can do and my capability. (I’m) just trying to polish up all the small techniques of my game and, like you said, just take it to another level.

“Going into (last) season, I felt pretty good, mentally and physically. I changed a lot as far as film study and just how I handle my business off of the field, and it showed. Halfway through the season, I realized I’m starting to get where I’m more comfortable. The game slowed down for me a lot, and I could play with more aggression and more intensity because of that, so it was a great feeling.”

Brown is poised for a Pro Bowl season after being named an alternate for the AFC in 2011. It could be his first of many as a Texan.
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Default Re: Duane Brown: “I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston”

IMO, Brown is most significant FA to re-sign. I think the money set aside for Mario & other adjustments (AJ) can be used to lock him in. I would not want to negotiate with his agent after a 2012 that looked like 2011 and him being aware other teams will be interested. I think the franchise tag is definitely an option though I hope we don't need it.
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Default Re: Duane Brown: “I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston”

He's gonna blow up this year. We got to find a way to lock him down long term. He's awesome, one of my favorite Texans.
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Default Re: Duane Brown: “I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston”

And we absolutely want to keep you in town, Duane!


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“Going into (last) season, I felt pretty good, mentally and physically. I changed a lot as far as film study and just how I handle my business off of the field, and it showed. Halfway through the season, I realized I’m starting to get where I’m more comfortable. The game slowed down for me a lot, and I could play with more aggression and more intensity because of that, so it was a great feeling.”
Always interesting to watch when/(if) a player becomes a "pro", putting in the work necessary to best the best. Still kinda surprises me that talent only takes you so far.
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Default Re: Duane Brown: “I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston”

Duane Brown is the best lineman we've ever had on this team. Apologies to the Chris Myers Fan Club, but that's just the way it is.
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Duane Brown is the best lineman we've ever had on this team. Apologies to the Chris Myers Fan Club, but that's just the way it is.
Though I agree with you, 610 had a lot of people thinking Eric Winston
was the best lineman on this team.
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Though I agree with you, 610 had a lot of people thinking Eric Winston
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I think you have to differentiate time periods on that. Winston jumped in with a much more smooth NFL transition and then plateaued. Brown struggled more early but has progressed much more. Most of the comments I have heard have reflected those trends.
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Default Re: Duane Brown: “I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston”

What a coincidence Mr. Brown I would love to have you here as well.
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Default Re: Duane Brown: “I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston”

“I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston” (if they offer me more money than anybody else does)
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Default Re: Duane Brown: “I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston”

I'd absolutely love for him to stay too, and I think the cap casulties this offseason would indicate the Texans would love him to stay as well.
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They kind of did. Lol! I agree
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Default Re: Duane Brown: “I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston”

We need to re-sign Brown. I have no problem with the Texans paying him top dog money. LT is a position worth doing that for. Brown has become a very good LT for us, and the Texans don't want that to become a need again any time soon. This is good to hear at least.
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Default Re: Duane Brown: “I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston”

Brandon Brooks is the Texans' escape plan if Duane Brown asks for Over The Moon money.

Brooks is big, agile, and will have played here long enough to be veteran enough to handle LT if it comes down to it.

They're determined to not get caught flat-footed again (i.e. Mario Williams leaving). So they drafted Mercilus as a contingency for Barwin, Crick as contingency for Antonio Smith, and Brooks as contingency for Duane Brown.

Sounds plausible, don't it???
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Default Re: Duane Brown: “I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston”

This off-season is the perfect time to re-sign Brown. You don't want to go into next off-season with your starting QB, LT, and OLB (who hopefully will have racked up another double digit sack campaign) hitting the open market. I can understand not re-signing Schaub and Barwin right now because you want to make sure one is healthy, and the other can have 2 back to back productive seasons. You kind of know what you have with Brown now. Like a few others have said on here, he's only going to get more expensive if he has a monster Pro-Bowl quality year. Re-sign him so we don't have to worry about that position in the first round of the draft for at least the next 5-8 years.
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“I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston” (if they offer me more money than anybody else does)
You know, that's what I think I heard too.
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Sounds plausible, don't it???
Nope. The contingency for Brown is the franchise tag. Brooks was not drafted to play LT, and isn't playing the position. Brown will be on the Texans 2013 roster, one way or another.
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Default Re: Duane Brown: “I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston”

Brown has come a long way since he was drafted by the Texans in the 1st round. I remember a lot of people on this board were not happy when we picked him and not happy with his 1st year results. His hard work is paying off not only for him but the team too, and a few Pro Bowls and some would look very good on his resume! The Texans need to sign him and keep him here long term!
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Nope. The contingency for Brown is the franchise tag. Brooks was not drafted to play LT, and isn't playing the position. Brown will be on the Texans 2013 roster, one way or another.
Agree. I imagine the deal getting done in the same manner Arian's did. (No diva antics.)
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Brandon Brooks is the Texans' escape plan if Duane Brown asks for Over The Moon money.
Sounds to me like Brooks is presently trying to escape the wrong side of 350, atleast that's what it sounds like the HC is saying ?
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Default Re: Duane Brown: “I’d absolutely love to stay in Houston”

The key is to get a deal done before the season ends and not have him franchise tagged and not allow him to get to free agancy. Although I dont disagree with lettting Mario walk, this is not the same situation. Brown plays one of the most important positions in the game. Lock him up during the season.
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