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Alex Brown | Defensive Lineman

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/4/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 260
College: Florida
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Free agent DE Alex Brown has retired from football.
Brown was a 16-game starter for the Saints in 2010, but never found a job last season after being released in camp. A 16-game starter seven times in nine years, Brown finishes his career with 45.5 sacks and 411 tackles over 143 games. Tue, Jul 24, 2012 12:42:00 PM

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The Lions worked out free agent DE Alex Brown on Tuesday.

It's the first we've heard of Brown since an early October workout with the Raiders. The 32-year-old former Bears pass rusher has been out of the league since the Saints released him after training camp.
Tue, Dec 13, 2011 03:02:00 PM

The Raiders worked out free agent DE Alex Brown this week.

They also had Trevor Pryce in for a tryout, but signed neither. Brown, 32, has little pass-rush ability remaining, while Pryce is 36 years old. The Raiders were looking for reinforcements with Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder) not playing.
Fri, Oct 7, 2011 08:00:00 PM

The Panthers are reportedly "sniffing around" free agent DE Alex Brown.

This was expected. Brown played under then defensive coordinator Ron Rivera with the Bears, and the Panthers could use an experienced defensive end. Brown said last week that three teams were interested in his services.
Sun, Sep 4, 2011 04:18:00 PM

Free agent DE Alex Brown told ESPN Radio in Chicago Wednesday that he's already heard from three teams interested in his services.

One of them is the Bears, although it's unclear if the call was exploratory-only in nature. "I would love to go play in a 4-3," said Brown, 32. "There are a lot of teams out there that still run a 4-3 that could use a defensive end that still has a little bit left." Brown also mentioned the Panthers as a possible landing spot with old Bears DC Ron Rivera the head coach in Carolina.
Wed, Aug 31, 2011 02:07:00 PM

Coach Sean Payton indicated the "door is not totally shut" on DE Alex Brown returning to New Orleans after he was released Tuesday.

Brown will gauge his interest on the open market, placing a priority on signing with a contender. Bears coach Lovie Smith, a good friend of Brown's, says he's happy with his own players at defensive end. Panthers coach Ron Rivera also has ties to Brown, but Carolina doesn't fit the criteria of a contender. Brown would only return to NOLA at a reduced rate.
Tue, Aug 30, 2011 08:33:00 PM

Saints released DE Alex Brown.

The move comes as a surprise in that Brown started all three preseason games after working with the first team throughout training camp. The nine-year veteran was due $3 million after starting all 16 games at left end last season. The Saints have added first-rounder Cam Jordan and veteran Turk McBride since then. Brown took the news well, tweeting that the Saints are a "class organization."
Tue, Aug 30, 2011 02:05:00 PM

Saints LE Alex Brown left the Week 17 against Tampa Bay with a right shoulder injury.

The defensive end walked off the field under his own power clutching his right hand. The trainers then wrapped his shoulder on the sideline. Brown is the fourth Saints' starter to leave the game in the first half due to injury.
Sun, Jan 2, 2011 02:20:00 PM

Bears LE Alex Brown's two-year contract with the Saints is worth $5.5 million.

Considering what the Jaguars paid Aaron Kampman (30 and coming off a torn ACL) and the Lions' contract with Kyle Vanden Bosch (31 and extremely injury prone), the Saints are getting a steal. Brown also said he'll play the season at 255 pounds, which is very undersized for a left defensive end.
Wed, Apr 7, 2010 10:17:00 PM

Newly signed Alex Brown confirmed that he will play left defensive end in the Saints' 4-3 scheme.

4-3 LEs are rarely big-time IDP producers because they take on more blocks and go against stronger players than weak-side ends. Brown should upgrade the Saints' run defense, but isn't going to make a big impact in the box score.
Wed, Apr 7, 2010 08:25:00 PM

Saints agreed to terms with DE Alex Brown on a two-year contract worth roughly $6 million.

Brown, 31 in June, is coming off a 47-tackle, six-sack season in Chicago. While he's never been a big sack guy, Brown defends the run well and will at least give New Orleans durability at left defensive end -- something they've lacked for quite a while with Charles Grant manning the position. Brown's addition shouldn't prevent the Saints from drafting a top defensive end if one is available at the No. 32 overall pick, but certainly increases their options.
Wed, Apr 7, 2010 04:43:00 PM

Free agent DE Alex Brown is scheduled to visit with the Bucs on Thursday.

Brown is in New Orleans on Tuesday. The Saints can offer him a starting job on a contender while the Bucs can provide a safety net with the Tampa 2-style defense in which he's played for the Bears.
Tue, Apr 6, 2010 01:31:00 PM

According to the Chicago Tribune, the "unknown team" free agent Alex Brown will visit with on Tuesday is the Saints.

The 31-year-old is also getting interest from the Bucs and Panthers, who both run the Tampa 2-style system Brown has played in for most of his career. In New Orleans, though, he'd help fill a gaping hole at left end and allow the Saints to draft the best player available with the Nos. 32 and 64 overall picks.
Mon, Apr 5, 2010 08:45:00 PM

Free agent Alex Brown is reportedly scheduled to visit with an unnamed NFL team on Tuesday.

According to Profootballtalk.com, "several teams" are showing interest in the versatile 31-year-old end. Brown offers the ability to play both end positions and inside. Also experienced in the Tampa 2, the Bucs could be a suitor.
Mon, Apr 5, 2010 05:22:00 PM

Bears released DE Alex Brown.

Brown was deemed no longer worthy of his $5 million salary when Lovie Smith announced that Israel Idonije would move from tackle to end. The team also wants to get youngsters Jarron Gilbert and Henry Melton into the rotation. Expect Brown to draw plenty of interest on the open market, though he won't come close to $5 million per season.
Thu, Apr 1, 2010 11:21:00 AM