Could the Chicago Bears be brining back a familar face who was just released by the New Orleans Saints?
No not OLin Krutz. Former Bear, Alex Brown, has been released by the Saints and has interest in returning to the team that drafted him. Many were shocked last offseason when the Bears decided to part ways with Brown after they sign Julius Peppers to a mega contract but with the play of Israel Idjonde do they need Alex.
My feeling is you can never have enough depth along the defensive line. They are loaded at defensive tackle but with a big question mark hanging over Corey Wootton they are lacking some depth on the outside. Corey is expected to be fully recovered from a knee injury he suffered during the first preseason game in time for the season opener against Atlanta but is he ready to be the primary backup to Peppers and Israel.
Brown is familar with the team, coaching staff, defense and town and enjoyed his time in Chicago and if the price is right could be a great move. Another bonus is that Alex would provide another leader in the locker room who lost a big one when Olin was not resigned.
When Alex joined ESPN 1000 AM he said he has been in contact with three NFL teams since his release and has mentioned that he has been in touch with the Bears and the Carolina Panthers. Interesting that the Panthers have talked to Brown but that might be because Ron Rivera used to be the DC here in Chicago when Alex had a career year in 2006.
For his career Alex, who was drafted in the third round out of Florida in 2002, has 412 tackles and 45.5 sacks.