Brown, Saints reach 2-year deal

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints and free-agent defensive end Alex Brown agreed Wednesday on a two-year contract, helping the defending champions fill a hole in the lineup that opened when Charles Grant was released in March.

The contract is worth $6 million, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Brown, who has played all of his eight NFL seasons for the Chicago Bears, visited the Saints' suburban training headquarters on Tuesday and Wednesday, team spokesman Greg Bensel said.

"We're excited to welcome Alex to New Orleans," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said. "He has been a productive player in this league for quite a while and we feel fortunate to add him to our team and are eager to fit him into our defense."

Brown, a former Florida standout who'll turn 31 in June, was released by Chicago last week. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound lineman started all 16 games for the Bears last season. His six sacks ranked second on the team.

"I'm very happy to be a New Orleans Saint," Brown said. "I had a great visit. Mickey Loomis, Coach [Sean] Payton and [defensive line] Coach [Bill] Johnson all made me feel at home already. I'm really looking forward to meeting my new teammates and getting to work and becoming a part of this community.

"With a team like we have, I can't wait to get out there and give it all I've got to keep up the level of excellence they've set here."

Information from ESPN Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press contributed to this report.