Brown Back To Bears?
It’s clear the Bears need depth at the defensive end position.
Former Bear Alex Brown said Wednesday that he’s heard from three clubs since being cut by the Saints on Tuesday, and he said one of those squads is the team that drafted him. However, a Bears source said it’s unlikely Brown will rejoin the Monsters of the Midway.
The ’02 fourth-round pick (Florida) is currently examining the best possible situation:
“I talked with my agent, and three teams have made contact,” Brown said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “We’re just trying to figure out what’s best for my family and what’s a really good situation for me to go in.
Playing in a 4-3 system and finding a comfortable location intrigues the former Gator:
“I would love to go play in a 4-3, so 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. So hopefully I can find a good place that my family and I can feel comfortable with.”
It looks like the Bears are one of his options, as he has talked with the team already:
“We’re talking [with the Bears],” Brown said. “We have talked to them. We’re seeing right now. There are a lot of things going on right now as far as cuts and people trying to get their rosters down, so we’re trying to see. We’re trying to see what’s the best situation.
“Being I spent so much time there, and I know the system, and I know the coaches, Coach [Lovie] Smith is obviously a great guy I know I can talk to and trust, so that would be great. Carolina would be great too with Coach Rivera out there. That would be awesome. The door here isn’t closed with the New Orleans Saints. We have a few options, and we’ll wait and see what is best.”
Head coach Lovie Smith had good things to say about his former player:
“Did Alex leave on a good note here? Yes,” Smith said Tuesday. “Alex Brown is a lifetime friend. I pull for him, was planning on pulling for him 15 games this season [the Bears face New Orleans in Week 2].
“We’ve seen Alex. Alex has been here before. We like our guys we have right now. There’s great competition with the guys we have on our roster right now.”
The Florida product has kept his home in Chicago and deems the possibility of returning as intriguing:
“I really appreciated the support, and I really appreciate the love you have for myself and my family and the respect people give me for the way I played,” said Brown, who kept his home in Chicago even after signing with New Orleans. “To be wanted back at a place that you spent so much time at, yeah, it’s intriguing. I would definitely look at it, but it has to be what’s best for my family and what’s best for me.
“Hopefully that fits. If it fits, that’s what we’ll do. If not, we’ll do something else. But the fans are awesome.”
“It would be crazy to do another ‘Gator Chop’ in Soldier Field. That would be nuts.”
He has also talked to some of his former Bears teammates:
“It would be awesome to play with the guys again,” he said. “I don’t see where it would be a bad situation.”
During his nine-year pro career, Brown has missed just one game. Last season, the 32-year old defensive end produced two sacks, 39 tackles (32 solo), one forced fumble and recovery, three pass deflections, and four tackles for loss. He started all 16 games for the Saints.
Wootton’s status: The defensive end (knee) is hoping to play in Week one’s home opener against the Falcons. It’s good to hear Corey’s recovery process is going strong.
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