Jammal Brown is now officially a Washington Redskin.
The New Orleans Saints agreed to trade their disgruntled left tackle on Saturday after Brown sat out numerous voluntary workouts. The restricted free agent signed his $3.62 million tender to make the trade possible.
Brown is a two-time Pro Bowl left tackle who missed the entire 2009 season with a sports hernia and a hip injury. He had spent his entire career with the Saints since the team drafted him in the first round in 2005.
How the trade affects the Redskins:
Jammal Brown will play at right tackle after playing on the left side for four seasons in New Orleans. Brown, though, played at right tackle as a rookie in 2005.
The Redskins have the potential to have a solid set of bookend tackles for the next four or five years with Brown on one side and rookie Trent Williams on the left.
Washington's offensive line struggled last season. They were ranked 27th in the NFL last season in sacks allowed per drop back and paved the way for just eight rushing touchdowns.
Brown's arrival in D.C. will cost owner Daniel Snyder compensation now and in the future. Washington will owe New Orleans either a third or fourth round pick in 2011 and could owe a sixth rounder in 2012. New Orleans in return will send Washington either a fifth or sixth round pick.
Brown is still looking for a long-term deal. Even though he will be playing right tackle, he has said recently he still sees himself as a left tackle. He may be seeking left tackle type money and this may make negotiations tricky between him and the Redskins.
How the trade affects the Saints:
The Saints seemingly planned for this move back in April. They used their second round draft pick on USC tackle Charles Brown. The Saints plan to use Brown as a backup this year as he uses the season to develop his technique to become a starting NFL tackle.
Jermon Bushrod, the Saints' fourth round pick in 2007, stepped up in Jammal Brown's place last year and started 14 games on the way to the Super Bowl. The Saints were ranked fourth in the NFL in sacks allowed per drop back, but the 21 sacks allowed by the line were the most since Brees joined the team four years ago.
Even though Jammal Brown made the Pro Bowl team twice during his time with New Orleans (2006, 2008), he was viewed as a good but not elite tackle. He often struggled to hold his own against elite pass rushers and had a knack for committing penalties in crucial situations.
New Orleans did not receive a lot of compensation for Brown, but no longer have his contract situation to worry about. The Saints may have not been able to afford him after this year had they not traded him. They recently gave guard Jahri Evans the richest deal ever for an interior lineman and have plans to lock up other core players, including Drew Brees to a long-term deal within the next couple of years.