Alex Brown was released by the Saints prior to the start of the season, and he has since been working out on his own while waiting for a call from a potential team. But suitors for a 32-year old defensive end who has likely already played his best football have been slim.
But Brown has received interest from a few NFL teams. The Raiders worked him out in October, but he left without a contract, and now the Detroit Lions are taking a close look according to several unconfirmed reports.
The Lions are not in desperate need of help at defensive end, but they have had there share of injuries on the defensive line.
Ndamukong Suh has of course been suspended for the last two games after stomping Packer offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith during the teams Thanksgiving day game at Lambeau Field.
Rookie defensive tackle Nick Fairley has fought nagging foot injuries and defensive end Lawrence Jackson has missed the last month with a bad thigh bruise.
Brown joined the Saints in the off-season prior to the start of the 2010 season. He was signed primarily to address the pass rush after the team parted ways with long time starter Charles Grant.
Last season though Brown managed only two sacks and 39 tackles in sixteen games. His release was also facilitated by the teams drafting of standout defensive end Cameron Jordan in the first round of this years draft.
Prior to his time with the Saints Brown spent eight seasons with the Chicago Bears where he recorded 53.5 sacks and made the Pro Bowl as an alternate in 2005.