Veteran left tackle Duane Brown has decided to return for a 17th season with the Jets, his agent, Kennard McGuire confirmed on Sunday. The 37-year-old player stated at the end of last season that he would take some time to deliberate on his future, thereby fueling retirement speculations.
Brown recently underwent surgery to repair a torn left rotator cuff, however, the left tackle played through the injury, starting 12 games of the season for the Jets.
Injured during the team’s summer training camp, Brown decided to postpone surgery, albeit still missing the first four games of the season. At the time of his recovery, however, Brown became the team’s starting left tackle.
Signing a two-year, $20 million contract as a free agent, Brown has become a key member of the Jets’ roster, with the team expressing much satisfaction with his physical prowess and attitude—so much so that they created the “Selfless Warrior” award in his honor, making Brown its inaugural winner.
Brown is expected to make a non-guaranteed $9 million in 2023 base pay. Prior to signing for the Jets, Brown spent five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, before which he played for the Houston Texans for 10 seasons.