Saints release veteran defensive end Alex Brown
Alex Brown knew his time in New Orleans could be limited but he didn’t expect to be shown the door before the end of this season.
He turned out to be wrong as the Saints, who drafted Cameron Jordan in the first round out of Cal, informed the veteran defensive end this morning he will be released. When the move is official, the 32-year-old Brown will be an unrestricted free agent.
“I want to go somewhere that’s going to win,” Brown said. “That’s what I am looking for.”Brown previously spent eight seasons playing for the Chicago Bears and they have questions with a lack of depth at the position behind starters Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije. Corey Wootton looked poise to claim the job but he’s been sidelined for a few weeks following arthoscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. The Bears are still hoping he’ll be an impact player for them this season, but there is an element of the unknown.
“Right now, there is a concern,” general manager Jerry Angelo said. “We’re going to get Corey back, that’s the good news, and hopefully we’re going to get him back like he was looking prior to the injury, or close to it anyway. I thought for the first time we really saw what he looked like pre-injury in college and he said it too, that’s the best he felt.”
Brown thanked the Saints for releasing him now, improving his chances of hooking on with another team before the start of the season. He was due to earn $3 million this season.
The Carolina Panthers could have strong interest in Brown. New head coach Ron Rivera had a close relationship with him in Chicago. Other teams looking for help at the position could include Denver and Philadelphia.
“In a 4-3, I think I can still play three more years,” said Brown, 32. “We were a little different scheme here. I’m in shape. I’m ready to go.”
The Saints also announced they have signed veteran kicker John Kasay, two days after Garrett Hartley suffered a hip injury.
The Saints waived wide receiver John Chiles, offensive tackle Dan Gay, fullbaclk Kolby Hurt, defensive backs DeAndre McDaniel and Mark Parson and center Ryan Taylor. Guard Roger Allen, linebacker Ezra Butler and wide receiver Jarrod Fayson were waived/injured.
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