New York Giants: Should Trade for Houston Texans OT Duane Brown
As Duane Brown continues to hold out with the Houston Texans, it doesn’t seem like a resolution between the two sides is coming anytime soon. Because of this, the 0-3 New York Giants could benefit from the stalemate between the two parties.
The 32-year-old All-Pro offensive tackle wants a new deal; one that pays him for being a top tackle. Houston doesn’t want to, which has lead to Brown sitting out the first three games, and could be more.
Brown is currently making $9.4 million for this season and $9.7 million for next season. Because of the increase in salary cap, some of the top offensive linemen are making upwards to $11 million. This why Brown is holding out and looking for more pay.
He’s also 32 years old, so Duane Brown isn’t exactly a spring chicken. But even with his age, Brown is still one of the best players in the league who has remained healthy since his arrival in the league in 2008. He’s missed 12 total games in the span of 10 years, which shows his durability.
And for everything he’s done in the NFL, Duane Brown wants to be paid like he’s a top lineman; something Houston has been reluctant about doing.
So what do the Texans do with their best offensive lineman who is now willing to miss games in 2017? At this point, they should trade him and to a team that is in desperate need of a boost at offensive line, which perfectly describes the New York Giants.
The Giants woes at offensive line go back over a year, mostly due to the poor play at tackle by Ereck Flowers, who is still having the same struggles. The right side of the line is also an issue, but the struggles at left tackle for the Giants have been well documented. They were on display over the first two weeks when the Giants lost in consecutive prime-time games and saw Eli Manning get sacked almost 10 times in those games.
The Giants have shuffled around the line due to Bobby Hart’s injury at right tackle, but they need more than just shuffling around. The Giants need a bold move to fix the offensive line; a unit that Jerry Reese has ignored for far too long. And it’s something that could end up costing him his job; especially if the Giants fail to make the playoffs this season.
Currently, the Giants are 0-3 heading into Week 4; a record that isn’t good, but it’s not a death sentence. The Giants showed in their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that their offense can be explosive and score at will. They scored 24 points in the fourth quarter alone.
But the offensive line needs to be taken care of and needs to be addressed soon. Last year, the Giants tried to improve it when they inquired on Joe Thomas from the Cleveland Browns, but the Giants refused to part with a 2nd and 3rd round pick. Now, the Giants could try to see if Thomas is available again this year since Cleveland is also 0-3.
But there is a difference between Thomas and Brown. Thomas is happy playing for the Browns and is extremely loyal to the organization and city. Meanwhile, Brown is unhappy and was willing to sit out regular season games due to his current contract dispute.
The contract dispute makes for a likelier scenario for the Giants to pursue Duane Brown over trying to get Thomas. But if the Giants want to salvage their 2017 season and make another run at the playoffs, their offensive line needs to be fixed. It needed to be fixed yesterday.
But it needs to be fixed. And the solution is right in front of them. Duane Brown is there for the taking. The Giants need to make the move.