Saints sign Malcom Brown to three-year, $15M contract

Saints sign Malcom Brown to three-year, $15M contract

Saints sign Malcom Brown to three-year, $15M contract

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.

The New England Patriots reportedly lost a pretty important piece of their front seven Thursday, as Malcom Brown reportedly has agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Saints.

It's an expected move, but still a somewhat-disappointing one. Fellow defensive tackle Tyeler Davison is now a free agent. In three postseason contests with two starts, he posted four tackles (three solo), anchoring the interior of a Patriots run defense that surrendered only 40.7 yards per game and 3.05 yards per attempt.

The Saints were also hosting defensive tackle Mario Edwards on a visit, but it's unclear if Brown's deal will impact the interest in Edwards.

While the Saints are surely thrilled to be adding more starting-caliber quality and depth at a position of weakness on their roster, the Patriots probably aren't exactly lamenting Brown's departure.

New England declined to pick up the 5th year team option from his rookie contract last offseason, leading him into free agency this year.

Maybe he'll have better luck in the Big Easy.

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