It is now official -- the New Orleans Saints just formally announced they signed offensive tackle Jammal Brown to his tender as a restricted free agent and, then, turned around and traded him to the Washington Redskins.
Our Adam Schefter has the complicated terms of the deal. But the short version is the Saints will get third- or fourth-round pick in 2011 in exchange for Brown.
A former Pro Bowler for the Saints, Brown missed all of last season with an injury. The Saints got by with Jermon Bushrod last season and balked when Brown made noise about wanting a long-term contract. While Bushrod might not have tremendous upside, his play last season showed he can be a functional part of an offensive line that includes two elite guards in Jahri Evans and Carl Nicks and a Pro Bowl tackle in Jon Stinchcomb as well as a very solid center in Jonathan Goodwin.
Bushrod also is viewed as a good locker room guy. Brown didn’t have that reputation with the Saints and his conditioning sometimes had been an issue.