It appears as though the Bills are losing their former league-leading tackler Preston Brown to the Cincinnati Bengals via free agency, as reported by Ryan Talbot of NYup.com.
— Ryan Talbot (@RyanTalbotBills) March 16, 2018
Brown was a former 3rd round draft pick by the Bills in 2014 and has lasted through multiple coaching staffs and defensive schemes during his time in Buffalo.
It sounded like the Bills and Brown discussed a possible return, but it appears the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement. Brown tallied 289 tackles in 4 years with the Bills. Last season, he led the league in tackles while leading the Bills defense. This loss leaves a big hole in the middle of the Bills’ defense, but many anticipated Brown would be gone, as McDermott may be looking for a more athletic player to hold down his middle linebacker position.
The move makes sense for Preston and the Bengals, as Brown is originally from Cincinnati and with the Bengals reportedly (not yet confirmed) working on a trade to send Vontaze Burfict to the Oakland Raiders.
#Bills LB Preston Brown has been targeted in the passing game. Opponents are isolating him with trips and empty sets. Look at how they are scheming to gain easy yardage.
— Cover 1 (@Cover1) November 25, 2017
Tons of film cutups here: