Everette Brown

Staff Notes: Bengals, Bears, Panthers

The Bengals requested permission to interview Rams cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant for defensive coordinator last week, and Cincinnati has now been granted that opportunity, according to Vincent Bosnignore of the Los Angeles Daily News (Twitter link). Pleasant, regarded as a rising star in the coaching ranks, worked for the Browns and Redskins before joining Los Angeles in 2017. The Bengals’ DC job is the only vacant coordinator position remaining in the NFL, and a number of candidates (Dom Capers, Jack Del Rio, Dennis Allen) have bowed out of the running to become a top aide to head coach Zac Taylor. Other coaches who have been linked to the job include Saints linebackers coach Mike Nolan, former Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel, Texas A&M DC Mike Elko, Florida DC Todd Grantham, and Saints defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn.

Here’s more from the 2019 coaching carousel:

  • The Bears have continued to fill out their staff under new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, announcing that defensive quality control coach Sean Desai has been promoted to safeties coach, while fellow defensive QC coach Bill Shuey was promoted to pass analyst/assistant linebackers coach. Additionally, DeShea Townsend, who was originally hired as Chicago’s defensive backs coach in January, has had his title changed to secondary coach. The Bears’ defense ranked first in scoring, third in yardage, and posted the best defensive DVOA since the 2015 Broncos, but they’ll have to fight off regression and adjust to new coaches in order to repeat as NFC North champions.
  • Former Panthers pass-rusher Everette Brown has re-joined the club as assistant linebackers coach, tweets Field Yates of ESPN.com. Carolina selected Brown with the 43rd pick of the 2009 draft, but he collected only six sacks over two seasons before being released. Brown, now 31 years old, subsequently spent time with the Chargers, Lions, Eagles, Cowboys, Redskins, and Browns, but played in only 16 more games after leaving the Panthers. He served as a coaching intern for Carolina last summer.
  • In case you missed it, expected Chiefs linebackers coach Matt House will instead stay on as the University of Kentucky’s defensive coordinator. The Wildcats were previously willing to allow House to leave a buyout, but apparently changed their minds as the hiring process unfolded.

Browns Cut Six Players

The Browns have begun to make their cuts in advance of tomorrow’s 75-man deadline, but still have plenty of moves left to make. According to a team release, Cleveland has waived two players and released four more, bringing the roster down to 84 players. The club will have to make nine more roster moves by tomorrow at 3:00pm central time.

Players who have less than four years of NFL experience and were let go by the team will have to go unclaimed on waivers before becoming free agents, while players with at least four years of experience are simply released, hitting free agency without passing through waivers. Here’s the breakdown for the Browns:


  • Anthony Ezeakunne, TE
  • Shane Wynn, WR


  • Everette Brown, LB
  • Moise Fokou, LB
  • Jalen Parmele, RB
  • Aaron Ross, DB

Minor NFL Transactions: 8/16/15

Here are Sunday’s minor signings, cuts, and other moves from around the NFL:

  • The Saints have released tight end Alex Smith, per Kristian Garic of WWL 870am (Twitter link). Smith, who signed with the Saints earlier this month, hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2013. He caught 163 passes and 13 touchdowns from 2005-13 as a member of four different teams.
  • The Dolphins have signed offensive lineman Bryant Browning, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter). Browning was previously a member of five other organizations since going undrafted out of Ohio State in 2011. He was last with the Steelers and has only suited up for one game – a 2011 contest with Carolina.
  • The Saints have waived long snapper Chris Highland, tweets Evan Woodbery of NOLA.com.

Earlier updates

  • The Cowboys cut receiver George Farmer and signed fellow wideout David Porter, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram (Twitter link). Farmer signed with the Cowboys in May as an undrafted free agent out of USC. Porter, formerly of TCU, also went undrafted this year. He previously spent time with Denver.
  • After a rash of injuries at the position, Washington has signed a new tight end in Ernst Brun, the club announced. Brun, an undraftd free agent out of Iowa State, tried out for the team earlier today. Washington also officially placed tight ends Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen on injured reserve, and waived/injured running back Silas Redd.
  • The Falcons have signed RB Evan Royster, CB Travis Howard, and LB Terrell Manning, tweets Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. The team has also cut OL DeMarcus Love.
  • The Browns have signed CB Aaron Ross and LB Everette Brown, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. The team waived OL Joe Madsen and DL Christian Tupou to make room for Ross and Brown. Ross, 32, was a key member of the Giants’ secondary when Big Blue captured Super Bowl titles in 2007 and 2011.
  • Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle tweets that the Dolphins have cut offensive tackle Chris Martin.

Washington Announces Roster, PS Moves

There’s a chance that we could see a starting quarterback change in Washington for Week 15, depending on Colt McCoy‘s health, and the club is also making plenty of changes at the back of its 53-man roster. Washington announced (via Twitter) a series of roster and practice squad transactions today, and we’ve got the breakdown right here:

Signed to 53-man roster:

Waived from 53-man roster:

Signed to practice squad:

The series of roster moves leaves Washington with a full 10-man practice squad and one opening on its 53-man roster.

Redskins Place Orakpo On IR, Sign Brown

TUESDAY, 3:02pm: Orakpo has officially been placed on IR by Washington, with the team signing outside linebacker Everette Brown to replace him. Brown spent the preseason with the club but was cut at the end of August.

MONDAY, 11:41am: Brian Orakpo‘s contract year has come to an early end, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, who reports (via Twitter) that the Washington linebacker suffered a torn pectoral muscle. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com initially reported that the team feared Orakpo would be lost for the season, and points out that the linebacker previously tore his left pectoral muscle — this time, it’s his right one (Twitter links).

After notching 10 sacks a year ago, Orakpo was off to a much slower start in 2014, having only picked up 0.5 sacks through the season’s first seven weeks. However, according to Pro Football Focus’ data (subscription required), Orakpo had totaled 18 combined quarterback hits and hurries, and had played well against the run, grading as the 11th-best 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

Because he’d been playing on the franchise tag, Orakpo will be eligible for free agency in March, and it’s fair to wonder if he has played his last game in Washington. Fellow starting outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan is having a big year, having already racked up 6.5 sacks, and rookie Trent Murphy has played well when he’s seen the field as well. With Kerrigan potentially still a year away from a big payday and Murphy on an inexpensive rookie deal, the team may pass on Orakpo, using that cap space elsewhere after committing $11MM+ to him for this season.

When Orakpo is officially placed on injured reserve this week, Washington will have the opportunity to add another player using the newly-opened spot on the 53-man roster.

NFC West Notes: Harbaugh, Cards, Seahawks

Within his latest 10-Point Stance column for Bleacher Report, Mike Freeman includes an item on 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, writing that there’s “definitely a chill” between Harbaugh and a significant number of players on San Francisco’s roster. Freeman didn’t go so far as it say Harbaugh has lost the team or even that there’s a rift, but suggests that many players are somewhat worn out by Harbaugh’s approach.

“We listen to him, we respect him as a man, we all want to win. But he drives us crazy,” one player told Freeman. “Right now, we’re all on autopilot.”

Considering extension talks between Harbaugh and the Niners were postponed until after the season, the situation will be one worth watching, amidst increasing speculation that this will be the coach’s last year in San Francisco. Here’s more from out of the NFC West:

  • With Carson Palmer‘s health steadily improving, the Cardinals aren’t currently exploring any outside options at quarterback, reports Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com (via Twitter).
  • Defensive ends Everette Brown, Israel Idonije, and Chidera Uzo-Diribe worked out for the Cardinals this week, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun (via Twitter). While John Abraham is working his way back to the field, the team is likely exploring ways to bolster its pass rush.
  • The Seahawks also auditioned a handful of players, according to Wilson, who tweets that tight ends Orson Charles and Weslye Saunders, as well as linebackers Todd Davis, Troy Davis, and Martez Wilson all worked out for the club.
  • Former Bears cornerback Demontre Hurst tried out for the 49ers this week, tweets Wilson.

Redskins Trim Roster To 53

4:54pm: The Redskins have finalized their roster, announcing the following moves via press release:


Placed on injured reserve:

Placed on reserve/physically unable to perform list:

8:41am: We learned yesterday that the Redskins let go of eight players, and the team has continued to make cuts this morning. While none of the moves have been announced officially, here is a running list of the team’s reported cuts:

Redskins Sign Everette Brown

The Redskins didn’t waste much time filling the roster spot vacated when the team waived Brandon Jenkins over the weekend. According to John Keim of ESPN.com (via Twitter), Washington’s new 90th man is veteran defensive end Everette Brown, who has signed with the team.

Brown, who will turn 27 in August, was selected 43rd overall by the Panthers in 2009, and recorded 47 tackles, six sacks, and three forced fumbles for the team as a part-time player during his two years in Carolina. Since then, the Florida State product has seem limited regular season action with the Chargers and – most recently – the Cowboys.

As Zac Boyer of the Washington Times notes (via Twitter), new Redskins outside linebackers coach Brian Baker was on Carolina’s staff in 2009 and 2010 when Brown was a Panther.

Cowboys Release Everette Brown

3:44pm: The Cowboys have officially released Brown, the team announced in a press release.

1:36pm: The Cowboys will release defensive lineman Everette Brown, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (Twitter link). While the move won’t leave any dead money on the Cowboys’ cap, the savings will be minimal, since Brown had been slated to earn the minimum salary ($730K).

Brown, a former second-round pick, saw 159 snaps for the Cowboys in 2013 as a backup defensive end. The 26-year-old Florida State product recorded one sack and forced a fumble in his seven regular-season contests with the team.

While every little bit of flexibility will come in handy for the Cowboys this offseason, this move will be one of the team’s more minor cap-saving maneuvers. Dallas will create $235K of cap savings with Brown’s release.