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2017 Houston Texans Training Camp: Duane Brown Continues Holdout

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The Texans veteran will miss at least some of training camp in an attempt to get an improved contract.

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The Texans’ starting left tackle, Duane Brown, has previously skipped out on OTAs and mandatory mini-camp, so the question was whether he intended to continue that holdout into training camp. With the Texans scheduled to leave Houston for their training camp base in West Virginia today, Brown will apparently not be on the plane joining them.

Brown’s holdout is not a good sign for an offensive line that’s in the middle of an overhaul with multiple new pieces coming into place. Not to mention the tackle position in particular, where Brown has been a stalwart since being drafted by the team in 2008, has been particularly shaky. The cost to Brown for each day of the holdout is not going to be cheap, either.

Brown could also feel the sting in his base salary when he finally does report:

The Texans are heading into a season with the contracts of DeAndre Hopkins and possibly Jadeveon Clowney still in need of resolution The team has typically not addressed holdouts like this with the reward of a contract. We saw this most recently last season with DeAndre Hopkins, who ended his holdout after one day. Heading into training camp, this is probably the last thing the Texans want to deal with.

What do you think of the news? Will Rick Smith cave and pay Brown, or will Brown return to camp without a new contract? Stay with BRB for the the latest updates.

UPDATE: Rick Smith says Brown isn’t holding out. That is a novel strategy.