Last year Duane Brown was traded after returning from a holdout and playing one game with the Houston Texans. The Texans lost to the Seahawks in a nail-biter, and Houston traded him to Seattle afterwards.
Leading up to the trade, Brown refused to report for OTAs, training camp, and the first six games of the 2017 regular season. People speculated it was an attempt by the Texans’ starting left tackle to get one last pay day before retiring a Texan.
Brown himself didn’t say anything publicly about the matter. All we could do was guess that Duane wanted one last contract, or at least a sweetener to his existing contract in the form of guaranteed money, to be paid comparably to other left tackles in the NFL.
In a podcast conversation with Arian Foster that posted yesterday, we finally hear Brown’s side of the story. He discussed the faith the Texans’ front office lost in him, the ruination of his relationship with Houston management, his decision to protest the national anthem, and much more. As you might expect, Brown doesn’t paint Bob McNair (especially in the aftermath of McNair’s infamous “inmates” comment) or the Texans in the best light, though he has nothing but kind things to say about the City of Houston and Texans fans.
Below is the YouTube video of the episode. As a warning, there is foul language, so prepare your surroundings accordingly.