Patriots Lose Defensive Lineman Malcom Brown to Free Agency

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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