Alex Brown: Losing Him Could Be a Disaster for the Bears

Zack Pearson@Zack_PearsonCorrespondent IApril 1, 2010

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 28: Alex Brown #96 of the Chicago Bears celebrates a sack of Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on December 28, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 36-30 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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We have seen this before. Players come and players go.

But with the Chicago Bears organization, the players who leave seem to have success elsewhere.

I understand the business of sports and running a professional team. You need to get new, fresh players in while balancing a salary and trying to save money.

But with the Bears all but making it official in letting Alex Brown go, that decision could turn on them.

With the addition of Julius Peppers, I believe Brown could have had a really good season in 2010.

Brown doesn't put up the big Pro Bowl numbers, but he simply gets the job done.

With Peppers being double-teamed at times, guys like Tommie Harris and Brown go sort of unnoticed on the defensive line. Teams won't worry about them as much.

I truly believe having Peppers on the line would benefit a guy like Brown into becoming more of a threat to opposing teams.

With Brown's apparent departure, the Bears are left with a question mark on the defensive line. Losing Adewalte Ogunleye leaves Peppers, Harris, Jarron Gilbert, Mark Anderson, and Israel Idonije—a somewhat unproven line.

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In a Cover Two defense—which the Bears run—a good defensive line is key to the success of the defense. Last year, we saw the Bears struggle on the line—forcing the secondary to struggle at times.

Brown could produce big numbers with other teams, though—something that should concern Bears fans to an extent.

We've seen this before—and recently, too. Bernard Berrian left Chicago in free agency, and he is playing a key role in Minnesota's offense. Chicago hasn't seen a better receiver here since.

Chris Harris left the Bears in a trade—and he would be the starting safety today if the Bears had decided not to trade him. Harris is playing well in Carolina.

The biggest example is Cedric Benson. Now we know he had legal troubles, causing the Bears to release him. But he put up stellar numbers for the Bengals last season— something Matt Forte couldn't do.

And we all know about Thomas Jones, who has played great during his two seasons with the Jets.

So before the Bears really think this was the right move for the team and Alex Brown, they should have thought this over. I'd hate to see a guy like Brown, a locker room leader and a quality stat guy, go shine with a team not named the Chicago Bears.


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