Report: Duane Brown planning to hold out past week 7

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Duane Brown will take his hold out with the Houston Texans as far as he can.

There’s not a doubt in anyone’s mind that the Houston Texans miss left tackle Duane Brown.

Here’s some bad news.

While Brown has stated that he will play this season, the earliest he will report to the Texans is after their week seven bye, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

With two years left on his contract, Brown is scheduled to make $9.4 million this season and $9.75 million next season, which is cheap for a player of his caliber. And he knows it.

Now of course if the Texans give in and make the changes to Brown’s contract that he wants, he would then come back right away.

If Brown isn’t on the Texans’ active roster for at least weeks this season, he will lose an accrued season. La Canfora explained this in his article:

"Brown will take his holdout as far as he can without losing an accrued season, sources said, which, per a 2000 ruling regarding receiver Joey Galloway’s holdout at the time, asserted that a player must be on the active roster for eight weeks to ensure that his contract does not “toll” until the following season (a season tolling would essentially roll over and not count toward free agency). Given the fact that teams can place players returning from an absence due to a holdout or suspension on an exempt list for up to three weeks — which does not count toward being on the active roster — Brown will report to the Texans prior to their Week 8 game at Seattle."

I can’t imagine that the Texans will give in to Brown’s demands at this point.

Now you can’t get mad at Brown. He has a right to hold out and I don’t blame him. NFL teams will quickly release a player when he’s not performing up to the standards of his contract. But if he outplays the value of his contract, they aren’t in a rush to reward him.

On the other hand, Brown is now missing out on his weekly pay checks since he’s holding out. He will likely forfeit over $4 million in salary this season from his hold out. But this was clearly a sacrifice that Brown was willing to make.

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