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.
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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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