Name: Charles Brown
Position: Offensive Tackle
Team: New Orleans Saints
Status: Unrestricted Free Agent
Ht / Wt: 6’5′ / 297
After being drafted in the second-round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Brown was finally able to stay healthy in 2013. He played well as the starting left tackle for much of last season, but lost his job to rookie Terron Armstead down the stretch.
By season’s end, Brown graded 66th among 76 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus’ offensive tackle ratings, and according to Saints ESPN Reporter Mike Triplett, he isn’t expected to be brought back to New Orleans.
Why He Fits With Bengals
Brown is capable of playing both tackle spots and could help provide the team with depth if Anthony Collins departs in fee agency. With Andrew Whitworth missing two games due to injury in ’13, the Bengals need to have a capable backup tackle in ’14.
Brown still has some upside at age 26 and actually finished as a better run-blocker (+1.8) than Andre Smith (+1.1) and Anthony Collins (-2.3) on PFF.
He would be a quality backup capable of starting if anything were to happen to Whitworth or Smith.
Why He Might Not
Brown is injury-prone and played in only 21 of 48 possible games from 2010-12 before finally staying healthy for every game in ’13. He’s done enough to possibly earn a contract somewhere as a starter, but the Bengals will only be able to afford him as a backup.
Look for the Bengals to add an offensive lineman in free agency if they lose Collins, and Brown will probably be on their radar if that’s the case.