One day after losing their starting center to the Titans, the Texans have lost Brandon Brooks to the Eagles to the tune of $8,000,000.00 per year.
The #Eagles signing G Brandon Brooks to a 5-year, $40M, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2016
Brooks came to Houston in 2012 as a raw, overweight third round prospect who was not even invited to the NFL Combine. Just a few short seasons later, he has blossomed into one of the league’s best (though certainly underappreciated) right guards. Powerful in the run game and sturdy as a pass protector, one could argue that Brooks has been the second best offensive lineman on the team since taking over the starting role permanently in 2013. Considering how important it is to stymie interior rushers in today’s pass-centric offenses, Brooks’ stabilizing presence next to Derek Newton has proven to be invaluable to every single one of the gaggle of quarterbacks that have lined up under center in Houston in the last two seasons.
And now he's gone. The Houston Texans find themselves faced with replacing their starting center and their starting right guard.
Congratulations on getting your money, Brandon. You have certainly earned it.
UPDATE: The details of Brandon Brooks' new deal with the Eagles:
Brandon Brooks' 5-year deal is worth $40M with $21M guar. $11M SB. '16 ($1M) and '17 ($5M) fully guar. $4M in '18 guar for injury only.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 10, 2016
That works out to $9,000,000.00 more in guaranteed money than Jeff Allen got from the Texans.