A former Patriots first-round pick, Brown is going into the third season of a three-year deal. He is due a $4.6MM base salary in 2021. The Saints moving on from Brown would save them nearly $5MM in cap space. If the Saints are unable to find a taker, a Brown release would seem the logical next step.
Of course, New Orleans would need to do much more than unload Brown to comply with the salary cap. The team remains nearly $70MM over the projected $180MM cap. Mid-tier veterans profile as the players the Saints will look to part with in order to move under the cap.
Brown has worked as a starter for the Saints in each of his two seasons. New Orleans has used the 2019 signee as a first-stringer in 29 games, with ex-first-rounder Sheldon Rankins coming off the bench. The Saints re-signed D-tackle David Onyemata last year and may not be able to carry two veteran contracts at this position under the current circumstances.
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