Pats release Chad Brown

Posted on December 27, 2007 
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The Patriots have just announced they have released veteran linebacker Chad Brown. Here’s the statement regarding the transaction, just issued by the team:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots released veteran linebacker Chad Brown today.

Brown, 36, is in his 15th NFL season and played in two games for New England in 2007, appearing as a reserve against San Diego on Sept. 16 and against the New York Jets on Dec. 16. He recorded two special teams tackles for the Patriots this season. Brown was a member of the team during 2007 training camp and was released on Sept. 1, 2007 and re-signed on Sept. 12 before being released again on Oct. 10 and re-signed again on Nov. 27. He has been a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers (1993-96, 2006), Seattle Seahawks (1997-2004) and New England Patriots (2005, 2007). In 2006, he appeared in eight games for the Pittsburgh Steelers and totaled seven tackles, including a sack. The 6-foot-2-inch, 245-pound linebacker first signed with the Patriots as a free agent on May 10, 2005. He was credited with 54 defensive tackles and three special teams stops in 15 games with the Patriots in 2005. Brown was originally selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft (44th overall). The Colorado product was a starter for all four of his seasons with the Steelers and earned his first of three trips to the Pro Bowl in 1996 after finishing fourth in the NFL with a career-high 13 sacks. He signed with Seattle as a free agent the following year and spent the next eight seasons starting for the Seahawks. During his stint with Seattle, Brown averaged 93 tackles per season and had more tackles (744) than any other Seattle player over that span. In 15 NFL seasons, Brown has started 161 of 188 games played and has recorded 1,075 total tackles, including 79 career sacks. His career sack total ranks second among all active NFL linebackers. He also has notched 41 career passes defensed, including six interceptions. He has forced 19 career fumbles and recovered 13, returning three of those for touchdowns.

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