DE Alex Brown signed a one-day contract with the Bears Wednesday so that he could retire as a member of the organization with which he spent eight of his nine NFL seasons.
Brown entered the league when he was selected by Chicago in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft out of the University of Florida. He started 123-of-143 regular-season games in which he played and started all 16 contests in seven of his nine NFL seasons. In 2010, his final NFL season, Brown started 16 regular-season contests and one playoff contest for the Saints.
He finished with 522 tackles, 59 tackles for losses, 45½ sacks, five interceptions, 16 forced fumbles and 12 fumble recoveries during his career. His 43½ career sacks as a member of the Bears rank fourth in franchise history (since sacks became official in 1982) and his five career interceptions rank second all-time by a Bears defensive lineman, trailing Hall of Famer Richard Dent’s eight.
In five career postseason starts, including four with the Bears, Brown had 20 tackles with two sacks, three tackles for loss and two pass breakups. He started at right defensive end for the Bears in Super Bowl XLI.
The 33-year-old Brown, who was out of football in 2011, will be recognized on the field prior to the Bears' preseason game with the Broncos at Soldier Field on Thursday.