The Bengals released veteran linebacker Preston Brown. He had just signed a three-year deal in the offseason after playing through a one-year deal last year.
Brown hasn’t had the best 2019 season. He has been a huge liability in coverage, and slowly but surely rookie Germaine Pratt has been taking his snaps. He had started all eight games of the season until Pratt started in his place last week. We also saw Jordan Evans get more run at linebacker last week as well. Brown had 54 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery this season.
Brown is also a Cincinnati native and has been a Bengals fan since a young age. He was seen at the very least as a huge morale boost and leader in the locker room. Unfortunately, it is hard to ignore stats like this.
Preston Brown has been targeted in coverage 21 times this season. He's given up 20 catches for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns. That's a passer rating of 141 when targeted Brown. https://t.co/aTIKkumL7P— JG (@JoeGoodberry) November 11, 2019
Overall, Brown had value beyond his play to this team. It isn’t clear if he wanted an opportunity to move on after being benched of the Bengals cut him. Either way, Cincinnati isn’t losing much in the linebacker department, but they are losing quite a bit in the leadership department.
How do you feel about the Bengals releasing Preston Brown?
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It is about time
They’ll miss his leadership but not much else
He wasn’t the issue with the defense