The New England Patriots are losing another one of their defensive linemen.
The New Orleans Saints are signing free agent defensive tackle Malcom Brown to “a 3-year deal worth $15 million”, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
Brown was the Patriots first round pick in 2015 and became a four-year starter on the Patriots’ defensive line. Brown developed as a stout run defender in each of his first three seasons in the NFL, but appeared to take a step backwards in 2018. Still, he anchored a great Patriots defensive front and was well worth the first round pick.
Brown’s departure means that the Patriots will definitely have to bring in additional talent for the defensive interior, with Lawrence Guy and Adam Butler the only two returning contributors at the position (not counting the depth of Ufomba Kamalu).
Congratulations to Brown on his new contract, and thanks for a great four seasons.