Sainthood for Alex Brown

I wonder how Alex Brown's Gator Chomp will go over in LSU country?

He was worshiped like a saint upon his departure out of Chicago and now Alex Brown is a Saint, a New Orleans Saint that is.   Brown signed a 2-year deal that will pay him $6.5 million over two years.

It’s a little bit of a pay cut for AB, which led Jurko of ESPN 1000′s Afternoon Saloon to speculate whether the Bears asked Brown to take a pay cut and when he refused the haircut, he punched his ticket out of Chicago.  That’s just speculation on Jurko’s part while other published reports noted that Brown had asked for an extension.

Either way, Brown moves on and into a new system where he will be expected to hold down the left defensive end position.  When asked about whether he needed to bulk up to play left end, here’s what AB said: 

“I’m going to play at 255 (pounds),” Brown said. “That’s it. I played 250, 255 (with the Bears). My goal is to be the starting left end. My goal is to be the best defensive end in the league, regardless of which side I am playing. I won’t have to bulk up. I think I can play at 255. I think it’s more attitude than anything. I learned a lot of that from Wale (Ogunleye). He’s the best left end I have ever played with and he played at, soaking wet, closed to 265 pounds. He wasn’t huge either. It’s all about attitude.”

I love Alex, but when you’re touting Wale Ogunleye as the best left end you’ve ever play with, that ain’t sayin’ much.  That said, I have no doubt Brown will thrive in the Big Easy.

Thanks for all you’ve given the Bears Alex and best of luck in New Orleans!


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  • City

    I’ll bet you he has a stellar season, and I hope he does! Stupid Bears! They should start an alumni club: Former Bears who’ve had great careers once they left the Bears. Let’s see, there’s:

    1) Chris Harris
    2) Thomas Jones
    3) Cedric Benson
    4) Mike Brown (had a full season with KC last year, didnt’ he?)

    Whom I missing?

    • Boomer

      Justin Gage
      Brandon McGowen

      As far as your list goes City, at the time, did you want the Bears to keep Benson? If the Bears had kept him, do you think he would have performed like he did in Cinci last season? He needed to be staring a McDonalds application in the face to finally get it.

      • City

        Heya Boomer:

        I agree with you; I don’t believe I would have kept Cedric; in fact, I would have TRADED him instead of letting TJ walk out the door.

        But the next question we should look at is: how many of these productive players were let go without a trade? In other words, how many times did we get nothing in exhange. I think that’s where you can look at Bears Mgmt and see “total business failure”.

  • Nick

    5) Marcus Robinson
    6) Jim Harbaugh
    7) Ted Washington
    8) Tony Parrish
    9) Marc Columbo
    10) Rosevelt Colvin
    11) Berrian
    12) Tank Johnson

    off the top of my head…

    • Boomer

      In all fairness – and believe me I couldn’t agree more that the Bears have let productive guys go – Columbo suffered a devastating knee injury and the Bears just couldn’t wait for him any more. Also, Berrian is GROSSLY overpaid and frankly, he ain’t all that in Minnesota (Sidney Rice much?) and Tank painted the Bears into a corner forcing his release.

      • Nick

        I agree with that. I think the ones that really hurt were Robinson & Parrish. Losing those guys left huge roster gaps for the Bears during the ’90s.

        I just wish one of the mediocre players we pick up turns into a pleasant surprise… especially on the O-line or safety!