This was our lead Way We Hear It item in our training camp opening issue in mid-July:
“Veteran holdouts in the National Football League are often much ado about nothing. According to our sources in Houston the current standoff between the Houston Texans and left tackle Duane Brown isn’t one of those.
"Brown wants more money and so far the Texans haven’t budged.
"This much is certain, even the current version of Brown is one of the NFL’s better left tackles on an offensive line that features little else resembling star power.
"The Texans can still be contenders this year but their window isn’t exactly opening wider these days and may in fact be closing a bit with all the free agency defections on defense and J.J. Watt’s balky back.
"Brown is clearly serious and we’re hearing the Texans are concerned they may have to blink first.”