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Report: Pro-Bowl LT Duane Brown skipping Texans OTAs over contract dispute

Jesse Reed
Duane Brown Texans

The Houston Texans have a disgruntled offensive lineman in left tackle Duane Brown, who is reportedly skipping OTAs over a contract dispute.

“Texans veteran offensive tackle Duane Brown is absent from a voluntary organized team activity due to displeasure with his contractual situation, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation,” wrote Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Brown, a nine-year veteran who has earned First-Team All-Pro honors once and is a three-time Pro Bowler, has started 132 games throughout his career, all spent with Houston. Originally a first-round pick out of Virginia Tech, he’s been a mainstay for this organization as an anchor on the offensive line.

The left tackle signed a six-year deal in 2012 that paid him just over $22 million guaranteed. His salaries the next couple of years are not guaranteed — $9.65 million and $9.75 million in 2017 and 2018.

So it’s hardly surprising Brown is looking for a new deal — one that will guarantee at least part of his pay.