April 5, 2010

Saints to visit with ex-Bear free agent DE Alex Brown

The Saints will visit on Tuesday with new free agent DE Alex Brown, released by the Bears on April 1.

Brown had played all eight years of his career with the Bears after entering the league as a fourth round pick out of the University of Florida. The former SEC Defensive Player of the Year has 33 collegiate sacks and 43.5 as a Bear, and is known as a pass rush specialist.

Brown had a big game in December 2008 in a game against the Saints which knocked New Orleans out of the playoffs. Brown collected two sacks (one nullified by penalty) and a TFL against Zach Strief, who was subbing for the late-scratch Jammal Brown.

Similar story in 2007, when Brown had four tackles, a sack, three passes defensed and a forced fumble against the Saints in the regular season finale.

Brown, 6'3, 260, will be 31 this summer. The Saints are looking for depth at defensive end, where they cut long-time Saint Charles Grant and have retained backup Jeff Charleston. Bobby McCray and Will Smith are penciled in as starters, though drafting at the position almost a given.

Its possible that the Saints are doing their homework on Brown and will go after him with a contract if they can't full their depth chart out with the NFL Draft in 17 days.

Previously this offseason, the Saints have met with free agent defensive ends James Hall and Leonard Little.

UPDATE: Brown will visit the Saints first in a tour of interested NFC South cities including Tampa Bay and Charlotte.

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