Sergio Brown, free safety for the Indianapolis Colts, is reportedly set to join the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags are in the hunt for a free safety and desperately need someone reliable at the tail end of the secondary in order to be successful.
Brown started eight games last season – the most in his career – and had one sack, six passes defensed, and a fumble recovery to go with 25 tackles.
Overall, the Jaguars may be taking a gamble on Brown. His career to this point has been limited at best and he doesn’t have the starting experience that a guy like Devin McCourty would have brought to the team. He’s only played one full season (2012) and he has yet to really assert himself as the guy in the secondary of either the Colts or, before, the New England Patriots.
That said, Brown is coming off a solid, if unspectacular, year in Indianapolis. Pro Football Focus has him graded out as their 24th ranked safety overall (20th in coverage, 38th against the run). That’s an improvement for the Jaguars, who have had perpetually disappointing players in at free safety over the past two years. He’s a decently sure tackler, something the Jaguars desperately need, coming away with just six missed tackles during the 2014 season.
At this point it looks like the Jaguars may be willing to take chances on guys with limited starting time during the 2015 NFL Free Agency period. It would be interesting to see what Brown can do, but I expect that the Jags will bring in somebody else as competition who can push Brown to higher heights than he has reached so far in his career.
This deal will not be official until 4:00pm EST today.
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