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Zach Brown | Linebacker | #53

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/23/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 248
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (52) / TEN
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Free agent LB Zach Brown is "exploring all options."
Brown has visited Buffalo, Miami and Oakland. He wasn't close on money with the Dolphins, but hasn't ruled out signing with any of the teams. 27-year-old Brown is the top linebacker remaining on the market. Mar 22 - 6:14 PM
Source: ESPN

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The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins and free agent LB Zach Brown are "not close" on money.

That being said, Barry Jackson reports Brown has "by no means" ruled out the Dolphins if "more financially lucrative options do not emerge." Brown would reportedly play strong-side linebacker for the 'Fins. After leaving Miami without a deal, Brown is meeting with his 2016 club Buffalo. He's reportedly also still open to signing with the Raiders, whom he visited last week.
Mar 21 - 1:50 PM

Free agent LB Zach Brown is scheduled to visit the Bills.

That is assuming he leaves his Dolphins visit without a deal. Brown played with the Bills last season, but he likely wants to get a good feel for the new coaching staff before making up his mind. Coming off a breakout season at age 27, Brown is the best linebacker left on the market.
Mar 21 - 10:52 AM

Free agent LB Zach Brown is expected to visit the Dolphins.

One of the top free agents left on the market, Brown has also visited the Raiders. He would be a great get for a Dolphins team looking to remake its linebacker corps. Miami already signed MLB Lawrence Timmons, which will likely shift Kiko Alonso to the weak side. Brown could play the SAM spot.
Mar 20 - 12:28 PM

Free agent LB Zach Brown is visiting the Raiders on Wednesday.

It's Brown's first visit of free agency. The former Titans second-rounder never panned out in Tennessee, but he had a big year in the Bills' 3-4 scheme in 2016, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 12 inside linebacker out of 59 qualifiers, receiving plus marks for both his run defense and coverage. The Raiders' 2016 starting inside 'backers, Perry Riley and Malcolm Smith, are both free agents, with Smith already signing with the 49ers. Brown is still just 27.
Mar 15 - 11:21 AM

WGR 550 Buffalo believes the Bills will look to re-sign free agent ILB Zach Brown.

Brown and free agent Lorenzo Alexander are coming off huge seasons, but are questionable fits under new coach Sean McDermott. The Bills are also deep at linebacker and have one less starting spot moving to a 4-3 defense. Brown is a better investment than 33-year-old Alexander, but would likely have to move outside with Reggie Ragland returning from ACL surgery.
Feb 15 - 6:29 PM

Bills ILB Zach Brown has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 4.

An IDP maven, Brown leads the league in tackles, and piled up 18 of them last Sunday in a win over the Patriots. He also forced two fumbles, recorded a sack, and a pair of QB hits. Signed to a modest one-year, $1.25 million deal, Brown is Pro Football Focus' No. 1 inside linebacker after four weeks.
Wed, Oct 5, 2016 10:42:00 AM

Bills ILB Zach Brown leads the league with 52 combined tackles through four games.

Brown had 18 and a sack against the Patriots in Week 4. With the Bills defense turning the corner in the last two weeks, Brown has developed into a quality asset in IDP formats. He should notch plenty of tackles again next week against the Rams.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Bills ILB Zach Brown is the favorite to start in place of Reggie Ragland (knee).

Brown was a full-time starter with Tennessee before losing his job last season. He's a downgrade from Ragland, but has always been solid in coverage. Brandon Spikes will push Brown for run game snaps.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 03:12:00 PM

Bills ILB Zach Brown is a candidate to start with Reggie Ragland (knee) out for the season.

Preston Brown is locked into one of the starting spots, but the other job is up for grabs. Zach Brown would seem to have the inside track, but newly-signed veterans David Hawthorne and Brandon Spikes could push him. Already a weak spot before Ragland went down, the Bills need someone to step up at linebacker.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 07:59:00 AM

Speaking Monday, Bills coach Rex Ryan confirmed free agent addition Zach Brown is currently the team's starter at weak-side linebacker.

In typically colorful Ryan language, he also said Brown is the backup because "there's nobody else there." That's not entirely true, as Preston Brown is an option. Brown could also face competition in the form of a draft pick.
Mon, Apr 18, 2016 02:21:00 PM

Bills signed LB Zach Brown, formerly of the Titans, to a one-year contract.

The No. 52 overall pick of the 2012 draft, Brown was a part-time player for the Titans last season, but still racked up 77 tackles on 499 snaps. ABC Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia believes Brown will "at the very least" compete with WLB Preston Brown. Brown is a formidable athlete, but his effectiveness hasn't matched through four NFL seasons.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 02:38:00 PM

Free agent LB Zach Brown is visiting the Bills on Monday.

DB Corey White is also visiting. A second-round pick in 2012, Brown never lived up to his draft spot in Tennessee, but he is an exceptional athlete who would be a good upside signing for the Bills' thin linebacking corps. Brown recorded 77 tackles with the Titans last season.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 11:37:00 AM

Despite a slow start, Titans LB Zach Brown is set to break out, and soon.

The underwhelming performances from Titans defensive players to date have been a product of low snaps counts through the first two weeks. The blowout victory over the Buccaneers in Week 1 saw all starters benched in the fourth quarter, while the Titans only played 49 defensive snaps in Week 2. Brown has played just 102 snaps in two games. By comparison Steelers ILB Lawrence Timmons played 90 snaps last week alone. Our resident IDP Maven, Ross Miles, assures us that a big day for Brown is just round the corner.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 06:27:00 AM

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky expects ILB Zach Brown to start in 2015.

Brown was expected to have a big role last season, but he tore his pectoral four snaps into the season and spent the year on injured reserve. Now healthy, Brown should be able to unseat Wesley Woodyard as the starter opposite Avery Williamson in the Titans' 3-4 scheme. With Derrick Morgan back and Brian Orakpo in town, the Titans should have a dramatically improved front seven.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Mar 14, 2015 12:28:00 PM

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