SEATTLE — Russell Wilson used to be as blunt as he is ever been previous this offseason when he put public drive at the Seattle Seahawks to improve his go coverage. With Professional Bowl left take on Duane Brown no longer working towards as he seeks a brand new deal, Wilson is once more talking candidly concerning the significance of having his highest offensive lineman again at the box.
In his first feedback to Seattle-area newshounds because the get started of coaching camp, Wilson made no try to downplay Brown’s endured absence.
“Now not having Duane Brown in the market is a horny important deal as a result of I believe he is some of the highest left tackles within the sport, there is no arguing it,” Wilson mentioned Sunday after the Seahawks’ mock sport at Lumen Box. “I believe he is as excellent because it will get. There is no one extra athletic, extra proficient than he’s. Age is only a quantity. He looks as if he is 28-30 in the market. He is actually outstanding. So sensible and bodily, understands the sport, and I believe folks concern him, to be fair with you, when they are dashing him and enjoying towards him.
“So we undoubtedly need so as to get him again in the market. We have were given to determine that out as a result of we want Duane Brown.”
Resources informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter previous this week that Brown isn’t happy that he has but to obtain a brand new deal. He is within the ultimate yr of his present contract, which is about to pay him as much as $11.35 million this season. The 14th-year veteran turns 36 later this month.
The Seahawks have 5 weeks till their Sept. 12 season opener towards the Indianapolis Colts, which is quite a few time to get a deal carried out. Downside is, they are looking to lengthen Professional Bowl protection Jamal Adams, whose contract state of affairs is their most sensible precedence.
Wilson to start with have shyed away from a query asking when Brown’s absence turns into a topic for the quarterback. When pressed, he mentioned the Seahawks want him for his or her first sport.
“We wish to determine that out as a result of he is actually particular, clearly,” Wilson mentioned. “Like I mentioned, I believe he is some of the highest left tackles within the sport. I believe he is were given a number of extra years to play. I believe he can undoubtedly do it. I don’t believe there is any one extra athletic than him. You notice what he can do. And he is additionally our chief. He is a man who actually leads the offensive line, and actually, he instructions the offensive line and actually can set the tone.”
Brown ranked 2d in ESPN’s go block win charge as a take on ultimate season (94%) and ranks 5th since 2018 (92.7%). He seemed in all 16 video games in 2018 and 2020 whilst lacking 4 with knee and biceps accidents in 2019.
Like Adams, Brown is accomplishing what is referred to as a “hold-in.” Each reported to coaching camp however don’t seem to be working towards within the absence of recent contracts. Trainer Pete Carroll mentioned ultimate weekend that he anticipated Brown to start working towards quickly, however that has but to occur. Carroll had no replace Sunday on when he’s going to apply.
“Duane and I are doing nice,” he mentioned when requested if Brown is sad. “In our conversations about stuff, he is been nice. He is creating a observation. He is creating a observation about what he feels he must have occur.”
Requested if he thinks Brown will pass over any video games, Carroll mentioned he does not know, including: “He is not going to play in preseason. He wasn’t going to, so it isn’t going to make distinction at this time.”
Along with lacking Brown, the Seahawks have been additionally with out his most sensible two backups Sunday. Jamarco Jones (again spasms) and Cedric Ogbuehi (biceps pressure) each left Saturday’s apply with accidents. Tommy Champion (groin) additionally did not play. That pressed rookie sixth-round select Stone Forsythe into motion as Seattle’s beginning left take on.
Carroll mentioned Jones’ again will want a few days to calm down. He had no timetable on Ogbuehi’s go back. They have been additionally with out most sensible middle Ethan Pocic on Sunday after he reaggravated the hamstring harm that sidelined him at first of camp. Carroll mentioned he may want a few extra days to heal.
The Seahawks made it via their mock sport with none important accidents, according to Carroll. He mentioned they held out operating again Rashaad Penny (thigh) and cornerback D.J. Reed (groin) as precautions and characterised their accidents as minor.