It’s interesting to consider what the extension of Alex Brown and commitment of $5 million up front to him means for fellow defensive end Dan Bazuin.
The second-round draft pick never got going last season as an ankle injury in rookie minicamp eventually led to him being placed on injured reserve and then surgery. Bazuin is fully recovered, but he was supposed to be the man to replace Brown. Remember, general manager Jerry Angelo was working to trade Brown heading into the draft last April and there looked to be a deal with Seattle.
Now, the team has what it considers three starters in Brown, Adewale Ogunleye and Mark Anderson. And Bazuin. And don’t forget Israel Idonije, who made valuable contributions on defense late in the season as injuries piled up.
Brown made it clearly known that a three-man rotation made the amount of snaps each person received at least uncomfortable. Imagine a four-man rotation. That’s what Bazuin has to hope he can create, but can you envision a scenario where the club dresses five ends on game day?
Bazuin is a bright young guy who is a hard worker. His task just got more difficult whether he realizes it yet or not.