Texans LT Duane Brown Not Expected to Report to Camp On Time

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The impasse between the Texans and three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown hasn’t been resolved. Barring a change, he’s not expected to report for the start of camp, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Brown skipped the entire offseason due to unhappiness about a contract that has two remaining years, including a non-guaranteed base salary of $9.65 million this season.

He’s subject to fines of $40,000 for each day of camp that he holds out.

Among all left tackles, Brown ranks 11th in cash compensation this year. He’s playing under a six-year, $53.4 million contract that includes $22.081 million guaranteed with a $12.5 million signing bonus. The deal has become outdated with time as new tackle deals have surpassed those numbers.

Brown’s potential leverage stems from the Texans’ lack of an adequate replacement at left tackle.

Brown, 31, has remained in Los Angeles for most of the offseason. It’s unclear if a compromise will be reached during camp. There’s been no talk of negotiations as the Texans have an unofficial policy to not renegotiate deals with two years left with the only exceptions being for J.J. Watt and Andre Johnson. At this point, Brown isn’t expected to miss regular-season games.


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