Saints Ink DE Alex Brown
ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the deal via Twitter.
The 30-year-old Florida product had played his entire eight year career in Chicago, amassing 43 1/5 sacks, 55 tackles for losses, 5 interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 11 fumble recoveries and blocked three kicks. He became expendable, in the eyes of the Bears, once they were able to sign the big ticket free agent of the offseason -- Julius Peppers. Both Peppers and Brown play right defensive end, though Peppers has only been there the past two seasons after spending six at left end and it's entirely possible Brown could have handled a switch the left side.
In Alex Brown, the Saints are getting an above average -- though not a superstar -- defensive player. He's a good leader and teammate, as Brian Urlacher was said to have been angered by the release of Brown.
Less-than-serious question: How will the Saints fans who also cheer on the LSU Tigers football team take to Brown's "Gator Chop" celebration after a sack (pictured here)? It's one thing to cheer for a player who used to play for a team you hate. It's quite another to see him wearing Saints colors and performing a tribute to his beloved Florida Gators.