The latest example was cornerback Vontae Davis quitting the team at halftime of Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, dropping Buffalo to 0-2 on the season.
Bengals linebacker Preston Brown, who enjoyed four productive years in Buffalo, is glad he’s not part of that mess.
Bengals LB Preston Brown, a former Bills player, said he's never heard of anyone retiring at halftime. "I'm glad I'm not on that team, he said. There's some weird stuff going on up there."— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) September 17, 2018
Brown: "You've kind of got to respect the fact that he was like, that's it for me. It just sounds so weird. But he couldn't give them no more, he got scored on earlier in the game. ... and then John had him all over the Internet a couple of weeks ago. ... Hopefully he's alright"— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) September 17, 2018
Brown, a fifth-year player in 2018 after spending the last four years in Buffalo, entered the NFL as a third-round pick (No. 73 overall) by way of the Louisville Cardinals in 2014. In four years with the Bills the Cincinnati native has played 64 games (62 starts) and compiled 512 tackles, 3 interceptions (1 pick six), 2 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries and 1 sack.
That all culminated with Brown helping lead Buffalo to a playoff berth in the 2017 season, marking its first postseason appearance since 1999. They ultimately lost to the Jaguars in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, which would be Brown’s final game in Buffalo before he ultimately signed with Cincinnati.
The Bengals have signed a free agent linebacker every year for the past four years in hopes that they would plug up the middle. Each year, however, the middle linebacker position has been severely lacking.
The Bengals appear to have finally found their guy to put beside Vontaze Burfict and Nick Vigil, while Brown found a team that could allow him to take the next step when it comes to his goals and aspirations.
Brown secured a key interception in Week 1 that helped the Bengals ultimately beat the Colts 34-23. He missed Week 2 but is expected to return this week against the Panthers, who rank fifth in rushing offense.
The Bengals will need Brown to step up in a big way this week to be 3-0 when Week 3 ends.