Buffalo Bills versatile offensive lineman Colin Brown was slated to hit restricted free agency this offseason, but the Bills and Brown were able to come to a two-year agreement that will give Brown an added year of security instead of a tender as an RFA.
Best fit as a center (he can also play guard and even tackle), Brown was placed on the injured reserve back in October with hamstring injury, as it seemed like every Bills offensive lineman was going down with some sort of an ailment. Brown looked solid in the lone game he played this season, as he was thrust into the starting line-up at right guard in the blowout loss against the San Francisco 49ers. Brown, who filled in for Kraig Urbik (out with a high-ankle sprain), made a strong impact during his time in the game as both a run blocker and pass protector.
Generally well-liked by the fans, Colin Brown was expected to get roughly $1.3 million in restricted free agency on a one-year tender, and instead he will be getting a little bit over $1.4 million for two seasons. Still, Brown’s spot on the Buffalo Bills 2013 53-man roster is far from guaranteed, but he should be able to make it through training camp and the preseason with a spot on the roster. Brown, again, showed some promise against the 49ers and has the kind of versatility that makes him a valuable backup offensive lineman in the NFL.
Brown, 27, is about an average offensive lineman overall, and this was a solid re-signing for both the Bills and, especially, the 2009 fifth-round pick out of Missouri. You know what? Brown reminds me of New England Patriots OL Nick McDonald in a way.
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