It is exciting that left tackle Duane Brown will be making his debut with the Seahawks on Sunday.
It is reassuring that he won’t be helping Seattle’s biggest NFC competition this season: The Philadelphia Eagles.
Per FOX’s Jay Glazer, the Eagles were after Brown at the deadline, ultimately losing out on him for a better offer from the Seahawks, apparently:
Philly, 7-1 and hosting the 3-4 Denver Broncos on Sunday, got terrible news two weeks ago when All-Pro tackle Jason Peters tore his ACL and MCL. In his place is Halapoulivaati Vaitai, a fifth round pick in 2016 who made his first start last week and surrendered one sack against the 49ers. He’ll be facing Von Miller this week.
If the Eagles had acquired Brown, the drop off from Peters would have been a lot less significant. They ended up making no deals and Halapoulivaati will instead force dozens of writers to figure out how to spell his name for the next couple of months, unless he is benched of course.
Instead, the Seahawks are able to make an opposite transition of upgrading from Rees Odhiambo to Brown, a three-time Pro Bowler. Seattle hosts Philly in Week 13 on Sunday Night Football in what could prove to be the most important NFC game of the regular season. It may be that we’ll be seeing Brown vs Brandon Graham and Halapoulivaati vs Frank Clark instead of Odhiambo vs Graham and Brown vs Clark.
That’s a significant difference. And well worth the cost of a second round pick plus change.