Bengals sign Preston Brown to a one-year deal Grade: B+
Cincinnati has struggled to find a compliment linebacker to Vontaze Burfict the last couple of years. It seems they may have gotten it right this year by signing former Buffalo Bills inside linebacker Preston Brown. The Cincinnati native led the league in tackles in 2017 and has over 100 combined tackles in each of his four seasons with the Bills.
Brown brings a great tackler and run stopper to the Bengals defense. With Burfict looking to face a four-game suspension at the start of the 2018 season, bring in Brown allows for a cushion while Burfict is out. Then when Burfict is back and ready to play there are two great attackers in the linebacker group.
Adding Brown on a one-year prove it deal worth $4 million is perfect for the Bengals who are looking to make a leap this season. It plugs a hole in the depth chart allowing them to spend draft picks elsewhere. It also gives them fewer needs in the draft allowing them to combine some of those 11 picks and trade up in the draft to get guys they like.
Brown will most likely lead the team in tackles in 2018 if he continues to play at the level he displayed in Buffalo. He’s played numerous positions switching back and forth between schemes with the Bills. The instant upgrade at inside linebacker and tackler will help the Cincinnati defense give the offense more chances in 2018.