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Preston Brown thinks Buffalo Bills want him back

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The pending free agent believes the Bills want him back

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Buffalo Bills starting linebacker Preston Brown will be a free agent at the start of the new league year. Brown was tied for the NFL lead in tackles in 2017 and had his best season in the NFL.

In his exit interview with head coach Sean McDermott, Brown said McDermott made it sound like the team wants him back for the 2018 season. In an interview with ESPN’s Mike Rodak, Brown described the conversation.

“In the exit meeting, coach [McDermott] made it sound like they wanted me back,” said Brown. “He said some things that sounded like that. But you never know what’s going to happen during free agency. I would love to go back to Buffalo. That’s the No. 1 choice for me.”

Brown has not missed a game due to injury since he entered the league in 2014 out of Louisville. In fact, Brown rarely misses a snap. According to profootballreference.com, he played 99.1% of the team’s snaps this season, 99.4% of the team’s snaps in 2016, 98.2% of the team’s snaps in 2015, and 93.8% of the team’s snaps as a rookie in 2014. All of those totals represent the team lead for that respective year.

It might be costly for the Bills to re-sign him due to his consistency throughout his four years, but with a coaching staff that places a great deal of value on availability, there could be interest in a reunion if the price is right.