Yesterday the Chicago Bears released defensive end Alex Brown. He is an eight year veteran who has spent his entire career with the Bear. He was drafted in the 4th round out of Florida in 2002. Same season as Julius Peppers was selected by the Panthers.
During his 8 seasons he totaled 373 tackles (306 solo), 43.5 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and 5 interceptions.
This move was a week in the making as worded started to leak out last Thursday the Bear were looking into trading or releasing Brown. Can I ask a question, why in the hell would you even consider saying you are looking to release or trade? Everyone knows then they can just wait and get Brown for nothing.
Wednesday morning Brown tweeted his goodbye to the fans in Chicago. "I am extremely grateful for my time as a Chicago Bear and I wish the Bears the best" and "I am glad that they gave me an opportunity to realize a dream I had as a child. I appreciate the fans but as we all know this is the nature of the business. Bear down!". Why are they releasing him?
Brown who had two years remaining on his contract which would have paid him 10.5 million over those two seasons. Rumor has it that Brown's agent had approached the team about a contract extension about a month ago. The request was very quickly shot down. He was probably looking for contract similar to the 4 year $26 million deal recently signed by Kyle Vanden Bosch with Detroit.
Brown in an interview with the Tribune said he is still in his prime and thinks he can play another 4 or 5 years.
Alex played in all but one game during his career often playing through pain and injury. He had earned a starting spot early on his rookie year and remained a starter every year except one when coach Lovie Smith thought it was best to start second year player Mark Anderson, who had recorded 12 sacks his rookie season. Again the Bears will look towards Anderson as well as Israel Idonije, who has been moved from defensive tackel to end, to replace Brown.
Brown was expected to team with newly signed Julius Peppers to form a very good tandem. Alex was never known as a great pass rusher but was expected to benefit greatly from Peppers being on the other side.
I see this as another awful move made by General manager Jerry Angelo. Brown is a solid player, great locker room guy and shows up to work every day unlike Tommie Harris who is an underachiever, over paid as well as being constantly hurt. All the good of the Peppers signing has been undone by releasing Brown in my mind.
Once again Jerry has taken what could have been a huge strength and made the team average again. Remember this is the same guy who traded Chris Harris because they were too deep at safety. How has that worked for you?