The move comes as the veteran offensive lineman continues to be absent from the team's offseason activities. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported Brown was planning to hold out in pursuit of a new contract with the team.
Brown is signed for two more years with base salaries of $9.4 million in 2017 and $9.75 million in 2018. None of that is guaranteed, though, so he'd count for no dead money against the salary cap were the Texans to release him, per Over the Cap.
Florio noted Brown already cost himself about $80,000 in fines by skipping the Texans' mandatory minicamp. He'd forfeit an additional $40,000 for every day of training camp he misses.
Brown is a three-time Pro Bowler and an integral part of an offensive line that ranked 12th in adjusted sack rate, per Football Outsiders. Were Brown's holdout to continue into the regular season, the Texans would likely be forced to start Kendall Lamm, who earned a 58.8 overall grade from Pro Football Focus last year.
While Houston could choose to wait things out rather than agree to a new deal with Brown to end his holdout, the team would seemingly benefit from concluding the situation as quickly as possible.