Brown has been a key piece of the Saints defensive line rotation
The Saints have reportedly traded defensive lineman Malcom Brown to the Jacksonville Jaguars, per Ian Rapoport. The move comes as a bit of a surprise, given that the Saints fully intended to release Brown, so they’ll be getting an unspecified return instead.
The Jaguars, however, have been very active players throughout this free agency. With the 2021 NFL Draft and Trevor Lawrence looming — not to mention an entirely new coaching staff — it was no secret that they would be making moves. It appears that they didn’t want Brown to hit the market.
Brown was a very solid player for the Saints, particularly in their running defense, in the two years he spent in New Orleans. At 27, he still seems to have gas in the tank, so the Jaguars are getting a solid contributor.
For the Saints, meanwhile, this means a new reliance on Shy Tuttle inside. David Onyemata was always going to be a key piece in any future interior defense plans, given his sleeper three-year $26 million contract extension in 2020. While this makes depth a more pressing issue, it likely doesn’t change immediate plans.
The Saints have until Wednesday to get under the cap. This move expedites that process while netting a return.