Brown a logical choice to return to Bears

August 30th, 2011 - 8:38 pm
Alex Brown, released by the Saints this week, would provide the Bears with a solid reserve swing end.

Alex Brown, released by the Saints this week, would provide the Bears with a solid reserve swing end.

The Bears might consider bringing in a former face to help with their defensive line depth. The New Orleans Saints parted ways with defensive end Alex Brown after just one season and Brown expressed interest in returning to the team with which he spent the first eight years of his career.

Bringing Brown back would make sense for both sides. At age 32, Brown is unlikely to receive any interest as a starting defensive end this late into the preseason, which means he won’t command a high salary, either. As for the Bears, the team released Vernon Gholston Monday and is looking for depth behind starting ends Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije after reserve Corey Wootton suffered a knee injury on the opening kickoff against the Bills.

When asked about Brown’s release and whether the Bears would have any interest, Lovie Smith expressed his trademark confidence in the players already on the roster.

“We like our guys we have right now,” Smith said. “There’s great competition really with the guys we have on the roster right now.”

That sentiment directly contradicts with what general manager Jerry Angelo said recently regarding the depth at defensive end. Angelo said the Bears would look outside of the organization if necessary to improve the depth at defensive end because those on the roster were not showing enough in the preseason.