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Ex-Seahawks Pro Bowler Could Strike For AFC Squad: Report

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A former Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowler could soon be joining a new team.

According to a report by ESPN’s Rich Cimini On Saturday, August 6, ex-Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown is visiting the New York Jets. The veteran offensive tackle not only visits the AFC roster, he will also take part in the team’s scrimmage game on Saturday night.

“Free agent OT Duane Brown is visiting the #Jets and will attend the Green & White scrimmage tonight, according to the source,” Cimini said. “Brown is a former Pro Bowler who started every game for the #Seahawks last season and celebrates his 37th birthday on August 30.”

Brown, 36, had spent five seasons with the Seahawks and landed Pro Bowl bids with Seattle in the 2017 and 2021 seasons. He was also named a second-team All-Pro selection for the 2018 season.

During Brown’s tenure with the Seahawks, he missed just four games (all in the 2019 season). According to Pro Football Focus, Brown averaged a 71.5 for the 2021 season and ranked 31st among all tackles with at least 500 snaps.

Despite his advanced age, Brown remains one of the better tackles in the league. Last season, Brown even had one of the better grades in the league with an overall score of 87.3 and finished sixth among all tackles.

Brown was actually considered a candidate for a potential Seahawks return due to her inexperience at both tackle positions. The Seahawks go into the season with first-round rookie Charles Cross as a left tackle and sophomore Jake Curhan as a right tackle. Curhan has only had five career starts.

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In fact, before the Seahawks drafted Cross in April, the veteran left tackle had expressed his desire to return to Seattle on a one-year contract back in January. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times wrote in February about the Seahawks’ plan to “play it back” with Brown.

“But after Brown played all 17 games in 2021 and recovered to perform well in the second half of the season, I think Seattle is now planning to re-sign Brown, especially if the team is in full ‘run it back’ mode appears. ‘ says Condotta.

Condotta then stressed how Brown’s healthy season last year could spark interest in the free agency market – which the Jets are currently showing – and how he could be signed by PFF at an affordable price based on Brown’s market value.

“Interestingly, Pro Football Focus ranked Brown as Seattle’s top free agent available, 32nd overall and third among offensive tackles, valuing it at two years, $20 million and $14.5 million guaranteed,” Condotta said.

“Staying healthy last year could put teams at ease, and when Brown comes into free agency he’s definitely going to have some admirers,” Condotta continued. “Some have speculated that the Bengals could tackle him to quickly fix an offensive line that stuck out like a thumb during the team’s Super Bowl run.”

Considering the Seahawks have shown little interest in bringing Brown back, it’s probably safe to assume the veteran will remain with the Jets — or any other team — before the start of the 2022 regular season.

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