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Free agency focus: What to do with S Sergio Brown

Unrestricted free agency opens in the NFL with the start of the new league year on March 9. With 22 players set to hit the open market, the Buffalo Bills have plenty of decisions to make between now and then. The Buffalo News will take a look at each player with an expiring contract, and offer a verdict on what the team should do. Next: Lorenzo Alexander.

Position: Safety. Age: 28. 2016 stats: Eight games, five tackles.

Working in his favor: Signed midway through the 2016 season, Brown quickly became one of the team's primary contributors on special teams, lining up for 170 snaps in eight games. That represented nearly 37 percent of the season total, in just half the year. Brown is the type of veteran player who isn't going to command big money.
Working against him: There's a reason he was available midway through the 2016 season. Despite the constant turnover at safety, the Bills didn't give Brown more than a handful of defensive snaps. Even the veteran minimum for a player with seven seasons of experience might be too much to pay when a cheaper option could be found to provide similar production.

Verdict: There's no need to re-sign Brown. A new coaching staff should build depth in the secondary their own way. The only mild case that could be built for Brown is his familiarity with special teams coordinator Danny Crossman, but that's not enough to keep him around.

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