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Contract Restructures: Graham, Nassib, Ryan

With the start of Week 1 quickly approaching, NFL front offices are still finding ways to open some cap space. A handful of players restructured their contracts today, and we’ve compiled some of the notable transactions below:

  • TE Jimmy Graham, Bears: Converted $5.825MM of salary into signing bonus, opening $4.66MM in cap space while also adding four voidable years to contract (via ESPN’s Field Yates on Twitter). The veteran inked a two-year, $16MM deal with the Bears prior to last season, and he finished his first season in Chicago with 50 receptions for 456 yards and eight touchdowns.
  • DE Carl Nassib, Raiders: Converted $2.51MM of salary into a signing bonus, opening $2.008MM in cap space (via ESPN’s Field Yates on Twitter). Nassib inked a three-year, $25MM deal (including $16.75MM guaranteed) with the Raiders last offseason. The 28-year-old got into 14 games (five starts) during his first season in Las Vegas, finishing with 28 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and nine QB hits.
  • DB Logan Ryan, Giants: Converted “most of the base salary” into signing bonus (per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport on Twitter). The veteran was set to earn around $5.5MM this upcoming season. After inking a one-year deal with the Giants last offseason, Ryan signed a three-year, $31MM extension (with $20MM guaranteed) in December. After switching from cornerback to safety, Ryan finished his first season in New York with 94 tackles, three forced fumbles, nine passes defended, and one interception.
  • OT Duane Brown, Seahawks: Converted $7MM of base salary into signing bonus, saving the team $3.5MM in cap space. After skipping training camp in pursuit of an extension, we learned earlier today that the veteran lineman got an extra year tacked onto his contract. Indeed, as veteran reporter John Clayton points out, Brown got an extra year “with an injury protection benefit for 2022.”

Seahawks, Duane Brown Reach Agreement

Right before the start of the regular season, the Seahawks have taken care of one of their last remaining orders of business. Seattle has agreed to a deal with Duane Brown for him to play the 2021 season under, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link).

The Seahawks will be “converting per game roster bonuses to guarantees” for this season while the veteran offensive tackle also gets an “injury protection benefit for 2022,” Rapsheet writes. We heard a couple of weeks ago the team was looking for a compromise, and they were able to get something done. Brown skipped training camp, staging a hold-in, in search of a new contract.

He didn’t get the extension he was hoping for, and will still become a free agent after this season, but at least he now has some injury protection for next year. For what it’s worth, Russell Wilson was vocal in his support for Brown this summer, not really giving the Seahawks much of a choice.

Brown will make around $10MM this year, a bargain for a blindside protector of his caliber. Despite turning 36 last month, the five-time Pro Bowler has remained a quality starter.

Brown isn’t any stranger to contract disputes, or to holding his ground. His holdout with the Texans in 2017 saw him sit out the first six games of the season, and eventually led to his trade to Seattle.

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Latest On Seahawks, Duane Brown

Duane Brown‘s hold-in effort has now long surpassed Jamal Adams‘, with the Seahawks left tackle having observed the team’s practices for nearly a month. The team is looking into a compromise.

The Seahawks are now looking into adjusting Brown’s 2021 compensation, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com notes (video link). They are not believed to be eyeing a new contract for Brown — at least, not at this point — but are now aiming to find a creative solution to meet the soon-to-be 36-year-old blocker in the middle. Brown’s deal expires at season’s end; he has long sought an extension at a higher rate, skipping minicamp and training camp in order to land one.

Given Brown’s history, expecting him to back down after the team adjusts some of the Pro Bowl- or participation-based incentives already included in his deal might be optimistic. The accomplished tackle held out well into the 2017 season, when the Texans traded him to the Seahawks, and he has the support of Russell Wilson this time around.

Seattle also did not blink in its most recent staredown, which ended with Adams signing after the team threatened to withdraw its offer. The Seahawks would prefer to have Brown play out his contract year, in order to see how much he has left in his 14th season, before reassessing the situation in 2022. With the tackle market having changed substantially since Brown signed his three-year, $34.5MM extension in 2018, the veteran understandably wants to cash in without going through another prove-it year.

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Latest On Seahawks, Duane Brown

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says he wants to get Duane Brown‘s contract situation settled. However, it doesn’t sound like the front office is in any rush. The Seahawks told Brown that they want to keep him beyond 2021, but they want to discuss his next contract after the season (via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times).

That probably won’t sit well with Brown, who is weeks away from his 36th birthday and entering the final year of his deal. He’s set to make $10MM this season – an extremely team-friendly rate given his production. Even when factoring in the past dollars on his deal, Brown’s $11.5MM-per-year average puts him just 16th among left tackles.

Pro Football Focus positioned Brown as the league’s No. 5 tackle last season. At the same time, he’s older than Nos. 1-4. The Seahawks are understandably skittish about committing top-of-the-market money to Brown as he inches towards 40, but they can ill afford a holdout. While they’ve added Gabe Jackson, Brown stands as the team’s most accomplished blocker by a mile.

“[Brown] looks like he’s 28-30 out there,” quarterback Russell Wilson said recently “He’s really exceptional. So smart and physical, understands the game, and I think people fear him, to be honest with you, when they’re rushing him and playing against him. So we definitely want to be able to get him back out there. We’ve got to figure that out because we need Duane Brown.”

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Seahawks May Not Want To Give Duane Brown New Deal; Jamal Adams Negotiations Stalled

As you probably know by now, Seahawks left tackle Duane Brown and safety Jamal Adams are seeking new contracts and are “holding in” in an effort to make that a reality. Recently, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll described the Adams negotiations as “amicable” but refused to comment on the Brown situation, which suggested that the club may not be willing to extend Russell Wilson’s blindside protector.

Brady Henderson of ESPN.com (video link) confirmed that it’s unclear if the Seahawks want to give Brown a new contract. Though Brown did play every game for Seattle last year and has finished as a PFF top-25 tackle in each of his four Seahawks slates, he will turn 36 at the end of this month and has battled knee issues in recent seasons. As Henderson observes, Brown barely practiced at all last year as the team sought to manage his knee problems.

Couple that with the fact that the third contracts the Seahawks have given out to veteran players — a new deal for Brown would actually represent his fourth NFL contract — have not been terribly successful, and it’s easier to understand why the team is a bit reluctant to extend Brown.

That is despite Wilson stumping for his LT. Wilson, who was quite outspoken on his desire for improved pass protection earlier this year, said, “[Brown] looks like he’s 28-30 out there. He’s really exceptional. So smart and physical, understands the game, and I think people fear him, to be honest with you, when they’re rushing him and playing against him. So we definitely want to be able to get him back out there. We’ve got to figure that out because we need Duane Brown” (via Henderson).

And amicable or not, the negotiations between the Seahawks and Adams are at a standstill. Adam Jude and Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times report that, although the two sides were close to an accord last week, talks have stalled due to disagreements over contract structure and guaranteed money. Jude and Condotta say player and team are presently entrenched in their respective positions, and Peter King of NBC Sports says the club has stretched itself about as far as it’s willing to go.

Wilson, meanwhile, is willing to restructure his deal to facilitate new agreements for Adams and Brown, according to the Seattle Times scribes. Such a restructure would simply see Wilson convert some of his base salary into a signing bonus that can be spread out over the life of his contract, so it’s not as if the QB is making any concessions here. 

In this instance, the Seahawks would rather not take Wilson up on his offer. Spreading out Wilson’s cap hit over the 2022-23 campaigns would increase his franchise tag number for 2024, and therefore increase the starting point in contract negotiations when the time comes. Seattle has $8.3MM of cap space at the moment, and extensions for Adams and/or Brown could decrease their cap charges for 2021, so the club may not need to restructure anyone else’s deal to enter into long-term accords with its Pro Bowl safety and LT.

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Latest On Seahawks’ Jamal Adams, Duane Brown Plans

Two of the Seahawks’ best players are not participating in training camp. Both Jamal Adams and Duane Brown are staging hold-ins, being at Seahawks practices but not working out. The team continues to discuss an extension with Adams, and that appears to be holding up matters on the Brown front.

The perception around Seahawks camp points to the team prioritizing an Adams extension before addressing Brown’s situation, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. While both sides expressed optimism an Adams deal could happen this week, the All-Pro safety remains unsigned going into the third week of Seattle’s training camp.

[RELATED: Seahawks, Adams Not Close At All On Extension]

Interestingly, Pete Carroll called the Adams negotiations “amicable,” but refused to comment on Brown’s situation. Seattle’s 35-year-old left tackle is going into the final year of his contract. His desire for another Seahawks extension has been known for months, but a recent report brought that issue back to the forefront. Brown, 35, is set to earn $10MM in base salary this season. While he will not be a candidate to exceed Trent Williams‘ market-topping extension, Brown has stabilized the Seahawks’ left tackle position and would make sense as a short- or medium-length extension candidate.

Unlike Adams, Brown will play in a new scheme this season. The Seahawks still have Ken Norton Jr. in place as their defensive coordinator, but Shane Waldron is now running the team’s offense. Having Brown back soon would help the Seahawks, whose offensive line drew scrutiny from Russell Wilson this offseason. Regarding Brown’s contract, Wilson said Sunday the team has “got to figure that out,” via Condotta (on Twitter). Wilson’s endorsement here certainly helps Brown’s pursuit.

Neither Brown nor Adams participated in Seattle’s minicamp or training camp. Carroll added Brown will also not play in any of the Seahawks’ preseason games, Condotta tweets. Adams is also recovering from offseason surgery on his hands and one shoulder, per Carroll, who said the fifth-year defender likely would not done too much by this stage of camp anyway.

The Seahawks are on board with making Adams the NFL’s highest-paid safety, but they are aiming to keep Bobby Wagner‘s $18MM-per-year deal as their top defensive contract. This creates a range between that and Justin Simmons‘ $15.25MM-AAV Broncos pact, which currently tops all safeties. Adams is seeking an extension well north of Simmons’; this goal has likely caused the delay in the Seahawks finalizing an extension. Adams is attached to a $9.86MM fifth-year option. While the Seahawks have their 2022 franchise tag to use on Adams, Condotta adds the team began planning a summer 2021 extension upon acquiring the All-Pro safety last year.

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Duane Brown Skipping Seahawks Practice

Duane Brown wants a new deal and he’s getting tired of waiting. The offensive tackle says he won’t practice until he has an extension in hand (Twitter link via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com).

Brown, like star safety Jamal Adams, has one year to go on his current contract. The star tackle is set to make $10MM this season – a bargain considering his performance. His $11.5MM-per-year average ranks 16th among left tackles. Meanwhile, Pro Football Focus tabbed him as the league’s fifth-best tackle last season. In the interest of equal time — none of the tackles ahead of Brown on the salary list are older than him.

Although Brown will turn 36 on August 30th, head coach Pete Carroll has said that he’s open to keeping him beyond 2021.

He’s a big part of what we’re doing and we’re counting on him being with us. We’ll look down the road together and we’ll see what’s the right thing to do,’’ Carroll said earlier this summer. “… We would love for him to be with us. If he wants to keep playing, we want him to keep playing.

The Seahawks gave up a first-round pick to acquire Brown from the Texans in 2017. Ever since, PFF has slotted Brown as a top-25 tackle in each of his four Seahawks slates. He also added a Pro Bowl nod, giving him four for his career.

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Seahawks Open To Duane Brown Extension

Russell Wilson and Jamal Adams have resided as the Seahawks’ top priorities this offseason, but the team has not forgotten about its Pro Bowl left tackle. Duane Brown joined Adams in not participating at the team’s minicamp, though the veteran blocker did attend while the All-Pro safety stayed away.

Also joining Adams in a contract year, Brown is pursuing an extension. The Seahawks, who traded for the former Texans first-round pick during the 2017 season, appear onboard with such an approach. Although Brown is going into his age-36 season, Pete Carroll is open to keeping him beyond 2021.

He’s a big part of what we’re doing and we’re counting on him being with us. We’ll look down the road together and we’ll see what’s the right thing to do,’’ Carroll said, via the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta. “… We would love for him to be with us. If he wants to keep playing, we want him to keep playing.

[RELATED: Seahawks Confident On Jamal Adams Deal]

The 14th-year lineman has delivered upper-echelon left tackle play for the Seahawks, and Wilson made upgrading the team’s offensive line an issue earlier this year. Seattle acquired Gabe Jackson via trade, but Brown remains the team’s most accomplished blocker. Pro Football Focus tabbed him as the league’s fifth-best tackle last season.

Exiting minicamp, Brown’s $11.5MM-per-year deal ranks 16th among left tackles. None of the tackles ahead of Brown on the salary list are older than him, however. Brown’s age should cap his earning potential on a fourth contract, but he should be able to secure additional guarantees in the near future. No guaranteed money remains on his 2018 extension.

Another extension would also create cap space, reducing Brown’s $13.3MM 2021 cap number, that would help with an Adams extension. The Seahawks currently have just more than $8MM in cap space.

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Seahawks’ Duane Brown Wants New Deal

Duane Brown is heading into his age-36 season, but the Seahawks left tackle does not sound like he is planning a near-future retirement. Ahead of his fifth season in Seattle, Brown wants another raise.

The contract-year blocker wants a new deal, according to NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo (on Twitter). The Seahawks extended Brown in July 2018 — less than a year after trading for him. That $11.5MM-per-year contract was not a top-tier left tackle deal at the time and is well off the pace now.

A four-time Pro Bowler, Brown has provided the Seahawks left tackle stability by giving an annually embattled offensive line a blindside anchor. Brown’s salary, however, ranks 16th among left tackles. Brown is set to earn $10MM in base salary this season.

The 14th-year vet does not intend to hold out, however, per Garafolo, but this is now one of many contract situations to monitor around the league. He is at the Seahawks’ minicamp but not participating in on-field work, per the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta (on Twitter). The Seahawks have another of these situations unfolding on their roster, though Jamal Adams is not in attendance.

While Brown’s age stands to limit his earning potential in his final NFL seasons, his request for a second Seahawks extension comes months after Russell Wilson made critical comments about his team’s O-line approach. Although the team traded for guard Gabe Jackson, Brown obviously serves as a key cog in Seattle’s O-line equation. Wilson attempted to walk back some of his winter comments last week, but the franchise QB made the O-line an issue publicly and behind closed doors. Brown moving for more security now makes sense.

Prior to Brown’s arrival, the Seahawks were in their second season without Russell Okung. Brown has provided the team with a reliable left tackle. Despite Brown being 35, Pro Football Focus tabbed him as the league’s fifth-best tackle last season. PFF has slotted Brown as a top-25 tackle in each of his four Seahawks slates. Considering Wilson’s comments and Brown’s recent form, it would not surprise if the Seahawks and Brown agreed on a short- or medium-length extension before the season.

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Seahawks OL Duane Brown Back To Full Health

When the 2020 season eventually kicks off, Duane Brown expects to be fully healthy. The veteran offensive tackle said he’s recovered from bicep and knee injuries that forced him to miss five games (including one playoff contest) last season.

While the 34-year-old had to eventually have December knee surgery, he revealed that he didn’t need to go under the knife for his biceps ailment.

“I didn’t get anything done to it,” Brown said (via Curtis Crabtree of ProFootballTalk.com). “It’s doing great. Been working out and haven’t really had any restrictions or limitations with it.

“Knee is doing great. Didn’t have any more work done. After the year (I) got it checked out and just got treatment done to it. And since then, just been working out, keeping it strong, moving around. Typical offseason for me at this point. Not nursing it too much so I’m doing pretty good.”

While Brown has only appeared in all 16 regular season games once since 2015, the Seahawks will still be relying on him to provide some veteran savvy to an offensive line that will feature three new starters. The four-time Pro Bowler also noted that he hasn’t considered retirement, although he’s set to turn 35 in August and will be entering his 13th NFL campaign.

“I don’t think about it too much,” Brown said “I tell myself I don’t want to put a number on when I want to walk away. I’m enjoying it. This year my goal is just to stay as healthy as possible and be out there every Sunday. That’s all I’m really concerned with.”

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