Malcom Brown

NFL Rumors: Saints sign Malcom Brown to three-year, $15M contract

NFL Rumors: Saints sign Malcom Brown to three-year, $15M contract

Another staple of the New England Patriots' defensive line in 2018 is headed for greener pastures.

The New Orleans Saints are signing free agent defensive tackle Malcom Brown to a three-year contract worth $15 million, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday.

Brown, the Patriots' first-round pick at No. 32 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, played in all but four games over the course of four seasons with New England.

The 25-year-old didn't record a sack last season for the first time in his career but was a solid run stuffer for the Super Bowl champions.

Brown follows defensive end Trey Flowers and cornerback Eric Rowe among the Patriots' free-agent departures on defense. New England landed Michael Bennett in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles but still has plenty more holes to fill on the defensive line entering free agency.

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Patriots, Rams both fully healthy heading into Super Bowl LIII

Patriots, Rams both fully healthy heading into Super Bowl LIII

Both the Patriots and the Rams will have their full arsenal of weapons at their disposal come Sunday, as neither team had any player listed as questionable in the final injury report before Super Bowl LIII. 

Dont'a Hightower missed yesterday's practice with an illness, but returned as a full participant today and was absent from the injury report. Malcom Brown, who was a limited participant early this week with a calf injury, also returned to practice as a full participant. 

Hightower's absence yesterday didn't affect his play today, according to Bill Belichick.

“He did everything today. You could hear him talking out there, and that’s usually a good sign with him. He has plenty of energy." 

On the Rams' side of things, both kicker Greg Zuerlein and safety Blake Countess were full participants after being limited earlier in the week. 

It will be all hands on deck for both teams, as the Super Bowl will feature two dangerous offenses going head-to-head. 

Come Sunday, they'll be facing off for a Super Bowl title, and a chance at history. 

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