The Houston Texans are ready to welcome back star left tackle Duane Brown to their lineup after the former pro bowler announced that he is ending his longtime holdout.
Per a report from NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, Brown returned to work for the Texans today after missing all of off season training camp and the first six games of the 2017 National Football League (NFL) season. Brown is now eligible to play or be traded by the Texans. The 32-year-old is under contract with Houston through next season.
His hold out was in attempt to negotiate a new deal before this season started, however, General Manger Rick Smith refuses to negotiate contracts two years out before the deal expires.
While he has been out, Brown has been subbed in by Chris Clark who has been protecting the blindside of star rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Texans are currently 3-3 and were on their bye week this past Sunday.
If Brown does return to play next week it will be against a tough Seattle Seahawks defense that come off a win over the New York Giants. Brown had this to say regarding his return to action for the Texans (quotes via NFL.com):
"It's my 10th year doing this, so I'm very familiar with what I need to do in order to be out there and be productive and be efficient," Brown said, per ESPN.com. "I'm in shape. So it's just getting caught up to speed on the plays and terminology and I'll be good."
The Texans have been the most productive they have ever been on offense with the addition of Watson at quarterback, who seems to be the answer to Houston's prayers under center. Now that Brown is back he could possibly provide the young gunslinger a bit more time to make big plays happen.
An option also remains to trade Brown away in hopes of picking up some much needed hep at other positions on the field. Only time will tell what Houston decides to do with Brown moving forward.
What are your thoughts on Brown ending his holdout from participating in Texans activities during his contract dispute? Do you think that he should have returned a long time ago? And was this a waste of time for Brown considering he didn't get what he wanted? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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