Defensive Tackle Brown Leaves Patriots for Saints

March 15, 2019
New England Patriots outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy, left, receives a high-five from defensive tackle Malcom Brown during a Dec. 2, 2017, game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. BOSTON HERALD FILE PHOTO Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Kevin Duffy

Boston Herald

FOXBORO -- Another New England 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.