Chicago, IL, United States (AHN) – Defensive end Alex Brown officially became a free agent, after the Chicago Bears released the veteran NFL player Thursday.
Brown, drafted 104th overall in 2002, emerged as a solid defensive player in eight seasons with the Bears.
Brown recorded 483 tackles, 43.5 sacks, 5 interceptions, 16 forced fumble, 11 fumble recoveries, and three blocked kicks in 127 games (107 starts).
Brown’s admirable work ethic and hard-nosed play made him a popular figure in the Windy City.
NFL followers believe Brown’s departure was mainly caused by the arrival of five-time Pro Bowl Julius Peppers.
The Bears made a surprising move this offseason by signing the future Hall of Famer to a six-year, $91.5 million deal.
The Bears reportedly tried to engage in several trade negotiations involving Brown, but all ended in futility.
Brown said he appreciated the – both lows and highs – he shared with the Bears.
The 30-year-old Brown was expected to receive $10.5 million in the final two years of his existing contract.
Reports indicated the Seattle Seahawks showed some interest of acquiring the eight-year veteran.