The Saints released Brown (calf) with an injury settlement Thursday, removing him from injured reserve, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Brown joined the Saints in May, adding a veteran presence to a receiving corps lacking in experience. However, he failed his pre-training camp physical due to a strained calf, which will bring his brief tenure in New Orleans to a close. The severity of the injury will likely determine when he receives a chance with another organization.
Brown was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday due to his ailing calf, Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reports. Brown moving to the injured reserve reserve list opens up a spot in the Saints' wide receiver competition, as he was expected to compete for a roster spot due to his level of experience. However, the veteran wideout wasn't expected to achieve much fantasy relevance in the case that he did make the roster.
Brown (undisclosed) will begin training camp on the Saints' active/PUP list, ESPN.com reports. The Saints took a flier on Brown in an effort to deepen their wide out corps in May, presumably to add a veteran presence in the aftermath of Marques Colston's release. Being how Brandin Cooks, Brandon Coleman, Willie Snead and Michael Thomas combine for three years of NFL experience, Brown, a five-year NFL veteran, has more experience than the top-four wide receivers currently atop the Saints' depth chart. Should Brown make the final 53-man roster out of camp, he will remain unlikely to achieve fantasy relevance in 2016.
Brown is expected to sign with the Saints, ESPN's Adam Caplin reports. Brown was released by the Chargers back in December after playing just one game last season. Over the course of his 38 career games played, Brown has caught 73 passes for 941 yards and three touchdowns. With numbers like those, Brown brings decent experience, but will have to compete for a place in the Saints' passing game over the course of this summer.
Brown was released by the Chargers on Tuesday. Originally selected by the Chargers in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Brown owns a 73-941-3 receiving line (on 133 targets) over the course of five NFL seasons. He shouldn't have any trouble finding a team that will let him compete for a roster spot next year, but he's unlikely to have a significant impact regardless of where he lands.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@New York Giants||23||23.88|
|4||10/02||@San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|7||10/23||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||23.44|
|9||11/06||@San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|12||11/27||Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|14||12/11||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|16||12/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|3 Year Avg||31||18||204||0||12||11.33||20|