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Former Patriots OT Trent Brown is best available free agent, per ESPN

NFL free agency has officially been open for nearly a week, and as of right now, according to ESPN, former New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown is the best available free agent.

Things didn’t end well with Brown in New England. He missed six games in total in 2023, including multiple games down the final stretch. The former Pro Bowl offensive lineman also took several digs at the previous regime.

Brown played like one of the best tackles in the league before he had a run of knee and ankle injuries. Even though things didn’t work out in New England, he could obviously serve as a huge boost elsewhere in another offense, assuming he’s able to stay healthy.

Brown was reportedly scheduled to travel to Cincinnati on Monday night to meet with the Bengals on Tuesday. The team is looking for a tackle to replace Jonah Williams, and a veteran like Brown would certainly fit the bill.

Brown would also fit the bill in New England for a Patriots team still looking for a replacement left tackle. There was hope that the coaching changes could potentially help mend bridges between the two sides.

But honestly, a fresh start for both Brown and the Patriots might ultimately be the better option.

Story originally appeared on Patriots Wire