The New Orleans Saints will reportedly sign defensive tackle Malcom Brown to a three-year deal worth $15 million, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Brown spent the past four years with the New England Patriots after being drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. He appeared in 60 regular-season games during this stretch, starting 51 of them.
The negative grade likely came from his limited impact in the pass rush. Brown had at least 2.5 sacks and five quarterback hits in each of his first three seasons but didn’t get a single sack in 2018, totaling just one quarterback hit.
Still, he was a key player throughout the year for New England, starting in the Super Bowl LIII win over the Los Angeles Rams. It was his second championship in his young career.
Considering he is still just 25 years old, he should continue to improve and potentially gain more consistency going forward.
This will be big for the Saints, who could potentially line Brown up either next to Sheldon Rankins or in place of him after he suffered an Achilles injury last season.
The Saints had the No. 3 offense in the NFL but just the No. 14 defense in 2018, so an improvement on that side of the ball could help bring the team closer to elite status as the squad tries to contend for a championship.
New England Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown will be a free agent next offseason after the team declined his fifth-year option for 2019 on Wednesday, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Brown has been a core part of the defense since the Patriots drafted him in the first round in 2015, starting 37 games over the past three seasons. He has played 45 regular-season contests overall, totaling 8.5 sacks and an average of 49 tackles each year.
While it’s often difficult to post eye-popping stats as an interior lineman, the 24-year-old has excelled against the run and has helped the Patriots remain elite defensively.
The squad has ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in points allowed in each of the past three years, including in 2016, when the unit was No. 1 in the league on the way to a Super Bowl title.
After leading all defensive tackles on the roster with 50.66 percent of snaps last season, per Pro Football Reference, it’s clear his role on the team is secure for 2018.
Despite his success, the Patriots haven’t been afraid to let go of key defensive players, including Malcolm Butler, Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones, in recent years. Brown appears to be the next in a line of regulars to leave before getting a raise.
Defensive tackle Malcom Brown is the latest free agent to leave the Patriots, signing a three-year, $15 million contract with the Saints, according to a league source.
Brown had a good sense as free agency approached that there was likely to be more money available if he left New England. The Patriots drafted the 6-2, 320-pounder in the first round in 2015, but declined to pick up his fifth-year option last offseason. Brown was still a big piece of the defensive line, playing 44 percent of the defensive snaps, mostly as a space eater on first and second downs.
Brown does have some pass-rushing ability for a big guy, with 8.5 sacks over his four seasons in the NFL, and may get better production in a different scheme.
His departure isn’t a surprise, but leaves the Patriots with work to do on their defensive line with Danny Shelton still a free agent. Lawrence Guy and Adam Butler are the top defensive tackles currently on the roster, with Ufomba Kamalu, Frank Herron, and David Parry filling out New England’s depth.
The Patriots did have former Chiefs defensive lineman Allen Bailey in for a visit Thursday as they explore options to round out the group that just lost Brown.
Slotted as the next Vince Wilfork, fourth-year defensive tackle Malcom Brown has had an up and down career with the New England Patriots. A two-time Super Bowl champion, he now enters NFL free agency with a chance to cash in.
It is highly unlikely the 6-foot-2, 320-pound Texas product cashes in with the Patriots.
As a player who has done everything the coaches have asked him to do, Brown has had his moments of success, but for the most part has been a disappointment. With a defensive tackle depth chart of Lawrence Guy, Danny Shelton and Adam Butler, Brown really had his chance to shine in a contract season.
He really didn’t hurt himself, but he didn’t stand out either as an impact defensive lineman clogging up on the middle. With 39 combined tackles and no sacks, Malcom Brown actually saw his production decline from the 2017 season in which he combined for 49 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
But, as we know, sometimes the numbers don’t say everything.
When asked about Brown’s impact on the team back in December, teammate Patrick Chung called him the most underrated players on defense.
Another Patriots free agent has found a new home.
Defensive tackle Malcom Brown, a four-year starter in New England, will sign with the Saints, according to The NFL Network.
A return to the Patriots was always unlikely. According to a source, the Pats had not discussed re-signing Brown as of early March.
The team did not exercise the fifth-year option on Brown’s contract prior to the 2018 season.
A first-round pick in 2015, Brown started 51 games for the Patriots. He missed only four games due to injury.
While New England’s linebackers and secondary remain intact, the team will experience significant turnover along the defensive line. Trey Flowers signed a monster deal with the Lions. Brown is heading to the Saints. And Danny Shelton remains a free agent.
The Patriots added veteran defensive end Michael Bennett in a trade with the Seahawks. They’ll need to make additional moves on the interior defensive line in the coming days.
ATLANTA — Before Malcom Brown’s successful run at Texas and subsequent leap to the NFL, his immaturity as a freshman at Brenham High School almost cost him his career before it even began.
Brown, a defensive tackle on the football field, was a multi-sport athlete possessing unusual speed for his near 300-pound frame. But the football coaches at Brenham decided his lack of focus and commitment issues outweighed his varsity potential. Less than one year into his promising high school football career, Brown was dismissed from the team by his coaches.
“Malcom came in as a freshman and was good enough to be on the varsity team athletically, but not maturity wise,” former Brenham head coach Glen West said. “We actually dismissed him as a freshman and just said, ‘Till you grow up, you can’t be a part of this.’”
Timothy Cole, a former Texas linebacker and Brown’s teammate at Brenham, has known Brown since the age of 6. Through their close relationship, Cole knew Brown wouldn’t lose focus despite the setback.
“When you’re on varsity as a freshman, you’re not gonna be super mature,” Cole said. “I think it was just one of those things where he realized, ‘I guess I’m doing something that’s probably bigger than me. This is a big opportunity for me to get out of Brenham and make something of myself.’”
But making something of himself required a season of waiting. After watching his former teammates reach the fourth round of the state playoffs in his absence, he went back to his coach, hoping to regain his spot on the team.
While West and his staff weren’t initially convinced, Brown was granted a return to the team, in part because of a good word from an unexpected supporter. Margaret Agnew, Brown’s Spanish teacher, noticed his willingness to improve in the classroom during tutoring sessions and defended the budding football star to the coaches.
“She (Agnew) came to us after she was working with him,” West said. “(She) said, ‘The kid has a lot of talent, is really, really smart and I think he’s someone that has a future.’”
Brown recorded 43 tackles and 11 sacks in his sophomore season, but there was still one more thing he needed to figure out. Brown lived 27 miles away from Brenham, making things more challenging for him and his coaches. That’s when the Agnew family stepped in.
“He lived with them for two years, and I would say that was definitely the biggest event that happened in his life,” West said. “It really changed the trajectory to where he is today.”
Brown began staying with the Agnew family after football games since Margaret’s husband, Craig, served as the team’s defensive coordinator. Eventually, Brown decided to move in, making his overnight stays permanent.
“That kept me focused, kept me out of trouble,” Brown said. “I was always in the house doing something. I was always around family, just the atmosphere and everything.”
Nine years later, Brown played on a much bigger stage than Brenham High. On Sunday night, he capped off his fourth NFL season with the New England Patriots by helping them achieve the ultimate goal in professional football: winning the
The 13-3 victory is one of many in a long line of championships for the Patriots and also Brown’s second career Super Bowl victory. The game was characterized by defensive dominance, with the opposing Los Angeles Rams offense held to just three points — something that’s only been achieved one other time in the Super Bowl’s 53-year history.
“It feels great,” Brown said. “I’m on top of the world right now, we’re world champs and it’s just time to live it up right now.”