One of the surprise picks of the Saints 2010 draft class, offensive tackle Charles Brown has signed his rookie deal.
The four year contract was announced on Monday by the Saints. The team reports to camp on Thursday.
Brown, a talent left tackle prospect from USC, was a first-round talent who slipped to the bottom of the second round due to injury concerns. His pick was a best player available one for Mickey Loomis and the Saints draft room, passing up defensive front seven prospects.
Brown's arrival greased the skids on the trade of veteran LT Jammal Brown, who was shipped to the Redskins last month for a conditional fourth round pick. Jammal Brown missed the entire 2009 season with hip and sports hernia injuries.
Rumors of a knee injury sent Charles Brown's draft stock down, but he denies any knee problems. He quit the scouting combine because of a calf injury and sat out of his own pro day with a pulled hamstring. He missed most of the Saints' rookie minicamp with the same hamstring injury.
Brown has a shot at winning the primary backup job behind incumbent starter Jermon Bushrod.
His prime competition will be veteran Zach Strief, who saw heavy action as a third offensive tackle in Super Bowl XLIV, and Jermey Parnell, a raw athlete who moved from defense to offense last training camp with the Saints, undrafted out of Ole Miss.
Two draft picks remained unsigned from April- first round pick CB Patrick Robinson from Florida State and third round pick TE Jimmy Graham from Miami (Fla.)