The Seahawks made a big move ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline, acquiring left tackle Duane Brown and a 2018 fifth-round pick from the Houston Texans in exchange for a 2018 third-round pick and a second-rounder in 2019.
The move happened just two days after Brown started at left tackle against the Seahawks in Houston's 41-38 loss at CenturyLink Field. It was Brown's first game of the season, as the 10-year veteran held out for Houston's first six games looking for a new contract.
"He's a heck of player, been a heck of a player for a long time," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said. "Big, powerful man. He has played several positions, currently playing left tackle for Houston. We're just very excited about it. He has been a leader for them, he has been the captain of their offense for a number of years, he has been coached by a lot of really good coaches—most recently (Texans offensive line coach) Mike Devlin—so we're just really excited to get him… We're just really excited to add the player, his leadership and the guy."
Brown, 32, had spent his entire career up to this point with the Texans after being selected in the first round of the 2008 draft. He has earned Pro-Bowl honors three times in his career (2012-2014), and was named first-team All-Pro in 2012 and second-team All-Pro in 2011.
Schneider said he has been involved in talks with Texans general manager Rick Smith about a potential trade since Seahawks left tackle George Fant went down with a season-ending injury during the preseason.
"We've been talking to them on and off since right after George was injured, just trying to get a lay of the land," Schneider said. "Rick Smith their general manager and myself have a really good relationship, and we just kept talking and texting, and it ended up coming to fruition."
Asked what stands out about Brown's play, Schneider said, "Power, physicality. He's got great hands, really good instincts. He's just a mountain of a man."
And it's not just Brown's on-field talent that will help the Seahawks. He also brings leadership and experience to a line that is one of the youngest in the league, especially right now with left guard Luke Joeckel sidelined by a knee injury.
"That's the thing, he's an alpha male, he's a leader, he has been through a lot of the NFL battles," Schneider said. "These guys know who he is, he's one of those guys. It's kind of like what you saw with Dwight Freeney coming here last week where those guys were kind of like, 'Holy (cow), that's Dwight Freeney!' You know? Same thing with this guy, they all know who Duane Brown is and they know he looks like a big door and is a really good football player."
Asked Monday if the Seahawks could be active before the deadline, head coach Pete Carroll said, "You're either competing or you're not. You know John, he's out there trying to figure out what's going on. But you never know."
Now we do know, and Schneider competing to improve his team's roster helped the Seahawks add a proven talent to their line. This is the second trade the Seahawks have made to acquire a Pro-Bowl caliber player in the past two months, having added defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson in a trade with the New York Jets.
Take a look back at some of the best photos of Pro Bowl left tackle Duane Brown, the newest member of the Seattle Seahawks following the team's trade with the Houston Texans.