Brown had knee problems all of last season and had a sub-par year, falling off drastically from 2009. I believe Brown was the Titans' best defensive player in 2009, when he provided a strong interior pass rush.
I now get the feeling that Brown's knee problems and corresponding decline in play was another reason, or at least a contributing factor, in the Titans' decision to select three defensive linemen in April's draft.
The d-line will look a lot different this year. Brown will be gone, as well as Jason Babin, who has agreed to terms with the Iggles. David Ball and Jacob Ford are both free agents and may not be back.
The new, or nearly new faces, will include Derrick Morgan, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL. The three draft picks will compete for playing time. I am hopeful the Titans will sign a free agent DE. Signing Ray Edwards would make my day.
Brown joined the Titans during the 2006 season, to provide depth after Albert Haynesworth was suspended for five games. Little did any of us imagine that Brown, a street free agent who had been cut by the 49ers and Panthers, would go on to start 59 games for the Titans and become a very good player.
The Titans re-signed Brown to a three-year extension last year, despite his knee problems for which he had offseason surgery. He should receive some type of injury settlement for the remaining two years on his contract.
Touchdown Tony was just selected as the left defensive tackle, where he started from 2007-08, on our All-Time Tennessee-era team. Brown moved from LDT to RDT in 2009.
Three years, $17 million instead of letting him play out the deal, a year after giving Jovan Haye a 4 year, $16 million deal. Who wins the "Titans overpay a DT" lottery this year?
But Tom he didn't get the $17.5 million. He "only" received $7.5 million. Not bad for one year's work. If that is it for his football career though and that $7.5 million doesn't count towards this year's cap, then I am fine with it and I think he deserved evry penny of it.
@Scott P I'm not sure exactly how much of that $7.5 million was signing bonus, but whatever the amount of signing bonus was shows up one-third each in the 2010, 2011, and 2012 cap numbers. MR at Friday's press conference said they expected they could get 2 years out of Tony's knee, and as we saw it ended up being 6-8 games. Based on his RFA salary of a little over $2 million, that gamble "only" cost the team about $5.5 mil.
This really is too bad. It is a huge loss for the Titans and creates an even bigger hole at DT. This makes the Jurrell Casey draft pick extremely important. He will probably have to step in almost immediately now and play some big minutes. Hopefully, this also means that the coaching staff thinks that Marks will be able capable contributor this year. It is also very sad for Tony Brown. This is a guy who fought hard to just make a roster in the NFL and was able to work his way into a starting position. Just when he made it, the knees gave out. I am glad he got a big payday from the Titans las year.