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–Preston Brown is only 25 years old. He has four seasons of NFL experience. Brown has averaged over 100 tackles in every season. Not to mention his ferocious 144 tackle 2017.
-While Preston Brown has put up good numbers during his four seasons in Buffalo; he is set to be a free agent this off-season. The Bills have not shown much desire recently to throw money at the Linebacker position when their players hit the open market (see Zach Brown last off-season).
-Brown will be a free agent this offseason. A free agent with two years of NFL experience in each a 4-3 and a 3-4 scheme. That will make him attractive to any and every NFL team.
-We as Fantasy analysts tend to hold it against Running Backs when they take a lot of hits. “Well, so-and-so hasn’t been hurt yet, but 250+ carries each of the last three seasons, he’s due to get hurt”. Maybe we should think the same about linebackers. Brown has between 109-144 tackles each of his four seasons, that has to take a toll on one’s body.
-Since he is a free agent to be if he ventures to another team it will likely be a team that is starved at ILB. Therefore his IDP numbers will be on a safe plateau.
-Before the 2017 training camp, Brown was expected to lose his starting role to Reggie Ragland. That didn’t happen, but the fact that his team didn’t have full confidence in him could be a red flag. Is Brown just an average linebacker put in a good position for IDP production? We all remember former Falcon Paul Worrilow, whose tackle numbers have plummeted the past two seasons, despite the fact that he’s still only 27 years old.
-The other veteran Bills LBs are Lorenzo Alexander (35 years old) and Ramon Humber (30 years old) both of which could be on the move this off-season. Which would make the Bills re-upping Brown make a whole lot of sense. Especially, when you consider the LBs Matt Milano and Tanner Vallejo were both rookies in 2017.
-Even if Brown re-ups in Buffalo, that franchise hasn’t exactly been a model of consistency as of late. Yes, they snuck into the playoffs this season, but just a few weeks ago they benched their starting quarterback, seemingly throwing in the towel on the 2017 season. It wouldn’t be tough to imagine the Bills falling back to Earth in 2018 and starting over with a new coaching staff. I do like Brown, I’d likely hold my shares of him, but there is far too much uncertainty in his future for me to consider buying his stock at this point.