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Bears announce release of defensive end Alex Brown

As expected, the Chicago Bears have released defensive end Alex Brown.

The eight-year veteran, who joined the team via the fourth-round of the 2002 draft, appeared in 127 games, starting 107 of them.

In 2006, he was a first alternative for the Pro Bowl.  The following year, he was a second alternate.

He’s now an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any team — including the “Final Eight” teams, given that he achieved his status via the termination of his contract.

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48 Responses to “Bears announce release of defensive end Alex Brown”
  1. Mangy66 says: Apr 1, 2010 1:52 PM

    Can the Saints pounce on this guy? Or are they held back by the Final Eight rule?
    They could use him…

  2. NOLA says: Apr 1, 2010 1:54 PM

    Saints

  3. MrHumble says: Apr 1, 2010 1:55 PM

    Time for the Vikings to make a move

  4. toonster says: Apr 1, 2010 1:55 PM

    This should be an interesting chase. Could see teams like Seattle/Detroit get into it. Both teams could use another starting end (Detroit was going after Hargrove as a starting end that kicked inside in passing situations). I wonder about a team like the Saints, who could use an end upgrade (after all, if the season started now, Bobby McCray would be the man).
    He’s not great, but he’s a steady end who’ll show up and give effort while getting you 4-6 sacks a year, some decent pressure, and decent against the run).

  5. WildBirdOffense says: Apr 1, 2010 1:56 PM

    Pick him up Philly.

  6. Sasquatch says: Apr 1, 2010 1:57 PM

    This does not make the Bears a better team. Facts r facts.

  7. biggregmoney says: Apr 1, 2010 2:01 PM

    Mangy66:
    Are you serious? Read the frickin’ article!
    I wanted my Pats to draft him in ’02. Always liked him. Pats need a rush end.

  8. Other Bears says: Apr 1, 2010 2:01 PM

    Nice job with the lack of reading ability, Mangy66.

  9. azbears says: Apr 1, 2010 2:03 PM

    This is a big mistake for Chicago… I have no idea what they are thinking.

  10. barrywhat says: Apr 1, 2010 2:05 PM

    Please lions sign him and suh!!!!!!!!

  11. house068 says: Apr 1, 2010 2:05 PM

    Mangy66 says:
    April 1, 2010 1:52 PM
    Can the Saints pounce on this guy? Or are they held back by the Final Eight rule?
    They could use him…
    ——————————————
    Clearly says…
    He’s now an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any team — including the “Final Eight” teams, given that he achieved his status via the termination of his contract.

  12. Phreakin says: Apr 1, 2010 2:07 PM

    Mangy66: Did you even read the article?
    “He’s now an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any team — including the “Final Eight” teams, given that he achieved his status via the termination of his contract.”

  13. AZcardsfan009 says: Apr 1, 2010 2:11 PM

    Mangy66, Can you read??? It says right in the article that the final 8 teams are NOT affected by this!!!

  14. richkotitte says: Apr 1, 2010 2:11 PM

    Perhaps if the JAGS sign him in addition to Kampman, it will allow them to select CLAUSEN with the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft….

  15. 305DOLFAN says: Apr 1, 2010 2:14 PM

    bring him to dolphins. We could sure use him if taylor is not returning.

  16. baxter says: Apr 1, 2010 2:16 PM

    Eagles could use another end.

  17. Piro says: Apr 1, 2010 2:16 PM

    Peppers > Brown. Go Bears.

  18. Carolina Cat says: Apr 1, 2010 2:18 PM

    The Panthers finally have someone to make a run at. Lets hope they do.

  19. pae12 says: Apr 1, 2010 2:19 PM

    Another aging linemen……Broncos are all over that!

  20. PhillyPassion194 says: Apr 1, 2010 2:19 PM

    Eagles need a defensive end. This would be a good pickup.

  21. Raider3:16 says: Apr 1, 2010 2:20 PM

    Mangy66 = tool

  22. toonster says: Apr 1, 2010 2:23 PM

    I’m not sold that Alex Brown is the type of guy that can transition to a 3-4 rush backer role. Just not sure he has that level of ability in space. I could be way off, though.

  23. dave says: Apr 1, 2010 2:26 PM

    i’d say chargers but can this guy even play in a 3-4?
    i know rivera probably LOVES him

  24. Mangy66 says: Apr 1, 2010 2:27 PM

    Guess that’s what you get from just reading a headline.
    Let’s see how many more knuckleheads are going to chime in.

  25. Mav69r says: Apr 1, 2010 2:30 PM

    UPDATE: Alex Brown signs 3 year deal with the Detroit Lions.

  26. mike honcho says: Apr 1, 2010 2:39 PM

    @biggregmoney – if the pats need a rush end and sign alex brown, they’ll still need a rush end.
    alex brown is a stand up guy, never misses a start, and is stout against the run, but anyone who thinks he’s a rush end is sorely mistaken. he’s a good hand fighter, but lacks counter moves.
    also anyone thinking he could be a rush end in a 3-4? not a chance. way too stiff.

  27. DCPowerGator says: Apr 1, 2010 2:43 PM

    he’s a 4-3 end all the way but still a damn good one. 6 sacks last year, missed one game in 8 years.
    i sure don’t see how the bears are better without him; in an uncapped year, there is no excuse for this kind of move. except cheapness. of course, it’s not exactly a news flash that the mccaskeys are cheapskates.

  28. EricTheClown says: Apr 1, 2010 2:46 PM

    AZcardsfan009 says:
    April 1, 2010 2:11 PM
    Mangy66, Can you read??? It says right in the article that the final 8 teams are NOT affected by this!!!
    All they teach in N.O. is how to read whodat

  29. birdmancometh says: Apr 1, 2010 2:49 PM

    Damn, you guys are rough. a tool? for not reading the whole article? find a hobby.

  30. dabarber says: Apr 1, 2010 2:50 PM

    April Fool’s! They signed him to a 4 year extension!
    Tricked You!

  31. mike honcho says: Apr 1, 2010 2:51 PM

    @DCPowerGator – get a fact checker, that cheapskate notion is antiquated. the bears had the 5th highest payroll in the nfl last year, and dished out $100M + this off-season.
    the bears problem isn’t spending money, their problem is spending money wisely.
    brown’s contract didn’t match his production. that $5M they freed up by releasing him should enable them to sign a FS, OG, CB, which are all huge positions of need.

  32. yem123 says: Apr 1, 2010 2:52 PM

    Alex Brown just took a bus out of town…. but I’m hoping that you’ll stick around!

  33. PurpleIsForGays says: Apr 1, 2010 2:53 PM

    MrHumble says:
    April 1, 2010 1:55 PM
    Time for the Vikings to make a move
    ==================================
    How many DE’s do the vikings need? Are you running the 6-1 defensive scheme now?
    Every time a player is released or available i have to hear about how he is going to be a Viking….. However every time someone visits here, they leave and don’t come back….. Except 4 old dick lips Favre himself, who’s egomaniacle behaviors trump everything else.

  34. nosferatu says: Apr 1, 2010 2:56 PM

    Classic McCaskey cheapness, how in an uncapped year don’t you keep useful vets around. They had best hope that Peppers doesn’t get fat and lazy or hurt. And if they trade up for a safety god help the next regime.

  35. Ray says: Apr 1, 2010 3:21 PM

    If this is not an April Fool’s Joke, RAMS, sign this guy!

  36. Swedish Mafia says: Apr 1, 2010 3:22 PM

    nosferatu….cheapness? Have you seen what we did in free agency? Remember Cutler’s deal? Come on, I know they suck as owners but they have not been cheap lately.

  37. mwcarolina says: Apr 1, 2010 3:43 PM

    how about the panthers, they need an end and wouldn’t it be funny if Alex Brown plays well in Carolina???

  38. killabee says: Apr 1, 2010 3:48 PM

    Just another moronic move by Angelo and co.
    Alex, you’ll be missed by Bears fans

  39. Mattchew182 says: Apr 1, 2010 3:48 PM

    Hard to trade the guy when you overpay him and tell his agent that he will be traded or released. Once everyone hears that they know the writing is on the wall. Angelo is such a putz if he played his cards right he could have gotten a 4th or 5th rounder for him. He needs to learn what the Eagles do saying we aren’t gonna trade any of our QBs and then even if they have to wait till draft day or even June they do it for the right price. Watch Tampa scoop him up adding insult to injury that they sent Gaines Adams for a 2nd rounder now they get Brown for nothing. He’s from Florida so look for him to end up a Jag or Buccaneer.
    COWHER 2011 PLEASE!

  40. Basehead says: Apr 1, 2010 3:51 PM

    Brown isn’t a rush end.

  41. Mangy66 says: Apr 1, 2010 3:56 PM

    EricTheClown says:
    April 1, 2010 2:46 PM
    AZcardsfan009 says:
    April 1, 2010 2:11 PM
    Mangy66, Can you read??? It says right in the article that the final 8 teams are NOT affected by this!!!
    All they teach in N.O. is how to read whodat
    ——————————
    Ahem…not a Saints fan. Just calling out the needs like I see them.

  42. Wrathchild says: Apr 1, 2010 4:22 PM

    Easy on Mangy66. Not saying this is the case here, but Florio often appends details to his posts AFTER readers comment.

  43. Midway Monster says: Apr 1, 2010 6:06 PM

    Please let this mean that Atogwe is in the mix. Use the money saved from Alex Brown to makea nice contract offer to him.
    Thank you for your service Alex. I hope you find success wherever you end up. Good luck.

  44. piccolo says: Apr 1, 2010 6:52 PM

    The only tools here are Smith and Angelo.

  45. comment_submission_error says: Apr 1, 2010 9:17 PM

    If he likes money more than wins he should sign with Oakland. Raiders need a productive 4-3 end.

  46. perryjoseph says: Apr 1, 2010 10:01 PM

    this is a joke. the bears will regret this decision. brown was the hardest worker on that d-line. good luck a. brown

  47. perryjoseph says: Apr 1, 2010 10:03 PM

    Midway Monster says:
    April 1, 2010 6:06 PM
    Please let this mean that Atogwe is in the mix. Use the money saved from Alex Brown to makea nice contract offer to him.
    Thank you for your service Alex. I hope you find success wherever you end up. Good luck.
    ———————————————–
    i’m with you 100%.

  48. Brennan says: Apr 3, 2010 3:39 AM

    God damnit, Jerry Angelo.

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