Preston Brown is headed for free agency, and according to a report in the Boston Herald, the New England Patriots are among the teams with interest in signing him.
Brown told ESPN that the Bills have indicated to him they would like to keep him, but if the NFL's leader in tackles hits the open market, it's possible they won't be able to retain him.
Brown has seen multiple teammates exit the Bills and join the Patriots, starting with wide receiver Chris Hogan in 2016 and cornerback Stephon Gilmore and running back Mike Gillislee last year. Brown told the Herald that he has considered the possibility of joining them — especially with inside linebacker a primary need for the Pats.
“It’s a little weird,” Brown told the Herald about former teammates now playing for New England. “I’m not going to sit here and lie like, ‘Oh well.’ You’re happy for them, but you’re also like, all right, every time somebody goes to the Patriots, they’re going to the Pro Bowl or the Super Bowl. It’s something you feel.
"A lot of guys left the last year, and it seemed like everybody who left us was going to the playoffs — (Los Angeles Rams wide receivers) Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, (San Francisco 49ers receiver) Marquise Goodwin. Everybody who left had a good season. It’s definitely something you look at like, wow, those guys are having success. But the Patriots, they definitely seem to get the best out of the Buffalo Bills.”
Brown told the Herald that he feels he could have a positive impact on the Patriots.
"I think I can definitely help the young guys they have there now," he said. "They've got some good, young talent at linebacker. They run pretty well. I know (David) Harris retired. A lot of young guys were playing well, (Kyle) Van Noy and (Elandon Roberts) played well.
"They definitely have some things they can work on like we all do, but I think I can help that defense get better."