Despite being one of the Buffalo Bills best and most consistent linebackers over his first three seasons in the NFL, Preston Brown has the look of a dead man walking in Buffalo. Seen as out of place and not fit for the new defensive scheme following the arrival of Sean McDermott, Brown looks to be on the cutting block in Buffalo.
Recording over 100 tackles in each of his three seasons with the team, Brown recorded a career high 139 tackles just last year. However, an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, many within the Bills organization reportedly don’t believe Brown can make the adjustment to playing the outside linebacker spot in the team’s new 4-3 defensive scheme.
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With Reggie Ragland expected to return to full strength following an ACL tear that he suffered last year, Ragland will move to the inside linebacker position. Lorenzo Alexander will also remain as a starter, playing the other outside linebacker spot. With Ramon Humber seen as the starter at the other linebacker spot, Brown would be an expensive backup.
Seen to be too slow to play in McDermott’s defense, some in Buffalo don’t expect Brown to even last the entirety of the summer. While such a quick release would be good news for Brown, I think this could come back to hurt the Bills in a big way. After all, how many NFL players are capable of recording over 100 tackles in three straight seasons.
While I would rather see the Bills try to trade Brown before releasing him, I still don’t want Brown to leave at all. He is a supreme talent that has a nose for the football that few can match. Though he may not have the speed many want, he is still someone that should be given a chance to perform before given his walking papers.
That said, such an early release would allow Brown to find a new team quickly. Seen as an extremely talented 3-4 linebacker and a solid weakside 4-3 outside linebacker, Brown is unlikely to be out of a job for long and could even be a target of division rivals Miami and New England, something that would likely anger Bills fans even more.