Sea­hawks land needed tackle from Tex­ans

The Daily Courier - - SCOREBOARD - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

REN­TON, Wash. — The Seat­tle Sea­hawks so­lid­i­fied a big area of con­cern by reach­ing agree­ment to ac­quire vet­eran left tackle Duane Brown from the Hous­ton Tex­ans on Mon­day for cor­ner­back Jeremy Lane and two draft picks. Seat­tle gen­eral man­ager John Sch­nei­der con­firmed the sides reached agree­ment on the deal, but it had not been fully fi­nal­ized yet. The agree­ment hap­pened a day be­fore the NFL trad­ing dead­line.

“He’s got great hands. He’s got re­ally good in­stincts. He’s just a moun­tain of a man,” Sch­nei­der said.

Brown made his sea­son de­but for the Tex­ans on Sun­day against the Sea­hawks af­ter a lengthy hold­out in search of a new con­tract. He was also at the cen­tre of the Tex­ans’ de­ci­sion where the ma­jor­ity of the ac­tive ros­ter knelt dur­ing the na­tional an­them in protest of com­ments made by Hous­ton owner Bob McNair.

Brown played 68 of 71 snaps for the Tex­ans in Sun­day’s 41-38 loss to Seat­tle.

Brown is an im­me­di­ate up­grade for Seat­tle. The 32-year-old is a three-time Pro Bowl se­lec­tion and a for­mer All-Pro. The Sea­hawks have used backup Rees Od­hi­ambo at left tackle af­ter Ge­orge Fant was lost for the sea­son to a ma­jor knee in­jury suf­fered in the pre­sea­son.

Od­hi­ambo has looked over­matched at times through the first seven games.

“We’ve been talk­ing to them on and off since right af­ter Ge­orge was in­jured try­ing to get a lay of the land,” Sch­nei­der said. “Rick Smith, their gen­eral man­ager, and I have a good re­la­tion­ship and we kept talk­ing and tex­ting and ended up com­ing to fruition.”

Brown has played his en­tire ca­reer with the Tex­ans.

Of­fen­sive line has clearly been an is­sue for Seat­tle all sea­son.

Af­ter step­ping in last sea­son un­ex­pect­edly to be­come a starter, Fant was sup­posed to so­lid­ify the left side of Seat­tle’s of­fen­sive line go­ing into this sea­son.

In­stead, the en­tire plan was thrown into flux when Fant was in­jured in the sec­ond pre­sea­son game against Min­nesota.

Adding to the Sea­hawks’ re­cent is­sues up front was left guard Luke Joeckel un­der­go­ing knee surgery. Carroll said Mon­day that Joeckel will likely be out another four weeks, leav­ing rookie Ethan Po­cic to hold down the spot.

Along with Lane, who had been benched in favour of rookie Shaquill Grif­fin and nickel cor­ner­back Justin Cole­man, Seat­tle is re­port­edly send­ing a fifth-round pick in 2018 and a sec­ond-round pick in 2019 to the Tex­ans.

Brown’s cur­rent con­tract runs through the 2018 sea­son.


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