A 32-year-old Texans offensive lineman who’s holding out may have been the biggest winner of Week 1
Duane Brown did not play in Week 1 of the NFL season, but he nonetheless looks like a winner.
Brown, a 32-year-old offensive tackle, hasn’t reported to the Houston Texans throughout training camp and preseason, and in Week 1, it looked like the Texans needed him.
The Texans were demolished by the Jacksonville Jaguars, 29-7, on Sunday, surrendering 10 sacks and 13 total QB hits.
The meager offensive line was partly to blame as the Texans ended up benching starting quarterback Tom Savage after just two quarters and no points. Savage was benched for rookie Deshaun Watson, much to the crowd’s delight.
Watson, however, only fared somewhat better than Savage. Watson went just 12-of-23 for 102 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked four times and, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, was seen walking with a limp after the game.
All of which makes Brown’s holdout look more justified. Brown is scheduled to make $9.5 million this season, but has a de-escalator in his deal for missing workouts. According to FanRag’s John McCullen, Brown doesn’t have any guarantees on his deal going forward until he’s made the roster. At 32, he wants guarantees that he’s in the Texans’ plans.
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Source:: Businessinsider – Sports