Free-agent spotlight: OT Charles Brown
February, 18, 2014
By Mike Triplett | ESPN.com
The New Orleans Saints have 13 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on March 11, plus the three players they released last week. Here's a breakdown on offensive tackle Charles Brown:
Position: backup OT
Scouting report: Brown's first season as the Saints' starting left tackle ended in ugly fashion. He was benched during the middle of a bad game against the St. Louis Rams and All-Pro pass-rusher Robert Quinn in Week 15. Then he never returned to the lineup after that, as rookie Terron Armstead took over the job.
Up until that point, Brown had been doing a decent job in the role -- some ups and downs, certainly, but nothing to the level of that Rams game. For the season, Brown was credited with either seven or eight sacks allowed (depending on the stat service). And he was flagged for a total of 10 holding or illegal use of hands penalties.
Brown, an athletic lineman who has added some bulk over the years, was a second-round draft pick out of USC in 2010. His first three seasons as a backup were plagued by a variety of injuries -- mostly unrelated. But he stayed healthy last season when he finally got a crack at the starting job, which was a good sign for his future options.
Projection: I think it's safe to assume that Brown will sign elsewhere this offseason, as he will probably want a change of scenery and an opportunity to win a starting job elsewhere. And I think other teams will be interested in his potential since he's still young and has some starting experience under his belt.
Brown probably won't be signed as an immediate starter somewhere else since he'll have to rehab his reputation a little bit in summer camps and the preseason. But I could definitely see him resurrecting his career if he finds the right situation.