Alex Brown says he doesn't have to bulk up to play left end
Alex Brown said he doesn’t believe he will have to bulk up to play left end for the New Orleans Saints.
Six days after the Chicago Bears released him, Brown signed a $5.5 million, two-year contract with the Super Bowl champions, who will look to play him on the left side after he spent eight seasons playing almost exclusively right end.
The Saints had been patiently shopping for a replacement for left end Charles Grant, after he was released early in the offseason. Brown began a visit there Tuesday and a deal was struck this afternoon between general manager Mickey Loomis and Brown’s agent Joel Segal. Brown believes he’s up to the task of playing left end, and he’s always defended the run well.
“I’m going to play at 255 (pounds),” Brown said. “That’s it. I played 250, 255 (with the Bears). My goal is to be the starting left end. My goal is to be the best defensive end in the league, regardless of which side I am playing. I won’t have to bulk up. I think I can play at 255. I think it’s more attitude than anything. I learned a lot of that from Wale (Ogunleye). He’s the best left end I have ever played with and he played at, soaking wet, closed to 265 pounds. He wasn’t huge either. It’s all about attitude.”
Brown had two more visits scheduled, and would have headed to Tampa Bay on Thursday. But the opportunity to join the defending champs was one he didn’t want to pass on.
“I loved coach (Gregg) Williams,” he said. “I think his style of defense was another reason. I sat down and talked to him and I loved it. I saw the facility and everything looks great. I can’t wait. It’s going to be fun.”
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