June 20, 2010

Saints ship LT Brown to Washington

In a trade long rumored, the Saints have traded left tackle Jammal Brown to the Washington Redskins for a conditional draft pick in 2011.

The trade terms are complicated - they are tied to the compensation that the Redskins pay to the Eagles for QB Donovan McNabb.  The Saints will receive either a third or fourth round pick, and the Redskins will receive a late-round pick from the Saints.

The performance-tied trade clause of the McNabb trade sends either a third or a fourth round pick to the Eagles.  The Brown trade is tied to those terms - the Saints will receive a fourth or a third round pick, depending on what the Redskins have left.

Brown signed his one-year, $3.619 million restricted free agent tender offer and was traded.  The Redskins are expected to give him a contract extension, though one is not imminent.

Brown missed the entire 2009 season and Super Bowl run because of preseason hip and sports hernia surgeries.

The Redskins lost outstanding LT Chris Samuels to retirement after a ten year career.  Brown, a former first round pick of the Saints out of Oklahoma, will become teammates with Redskins first round pick Trent Williams, also a Sooner.  In fact, many draft analysts compared Williams to Brown.

The move for the Saints elevates 2009 starter Jermon Bushrod to the starting role at left tackle.  Bushrod, a fourth round pick out of FCS Towson University, was thrust into the starting job after Brown was lost for the season in August.  Bushrod had an up and down first season, starting 15 games.

He started through the Saints' playoff run, but struggled badly against high-profile pass rushers like Demarcus Ware and Dwight Freeney.

Primary backup to Bushrod is veteran utilityman Zach Strief, who has started at both tackle positions and even played an in-motion third offensive tackle in the Saints' innovating Super Bowl strategy.  Also in the mix is 2010 second round pick Charles Brown, a prototypical left tackle prospect.  Read our scouting report for more, but Brown might be a year away from contributing.

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