Charles Brown
refer to caption
Brown with the Saints in 2012
No. 71, 78
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1987-04-10) April 10, 1987 (age 37)
Chino Hills, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:297 lb (135 kg)
Career information
High school:Pomona (CA) Diamond Ranch
NFL draft:2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 64
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:54
Games started:23
Player stats at PFR

Charles Rashad Jamaal Brown (born April 10, 1987) is a former American football offensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for the New Orleans Saints, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at USC.

Early life

Brown attended Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, California, where he was two-way tackle and tight end. As a sophomore, he received All-league honors. As a junior, he received second-team All-league honors.

As a senior, he tallied 15 receptions for 250 yards, 2 touchdowns, over 70 tackles and 10 sacks. He earned second-team Cal-Hi Sports All-State, All-CIF Division VIII, Los Angeles Times All-San Gabriel Valley Lineman of the Year, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the Rest and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 honors.

Regarded as a three-star recruit by, Brown was listed as the No. 23 offensive tackle prospect in the nation.[1] Meanwhile, considered him a tight end prospect and gave him a four-star rating, placing him 10th on their tight end ranking.[2] Brown chose USC over Oregon and UCLA.

College career

Brown was originally recruited as a tight end by USC, and arrived on campus carrying around 250 pounds (110 kg). In 2005, he was redshirted and converted from tight end into an offensive tackle.

As a freshman in 2006, Brown was a backup to Sam Baker at left tackle and played on special teams. He appeared in all 13 games, including 4 contests where he saw brief action at offensive tackle.

As a sophomore in 2007, he appeared in 9 games (one start) as backup tackle and on special teams. He started at right tackle in the season opener against the University of Idaho. He missed the contest against the University of Arizona with a sprained ankle.

As a junior in 2008, he started all 13 games at left tackle, after the departure of Baker to the NFL. He allowed 3 sacks and was penalized only once. He contributed to the offense ranking 11h in the nation and received honorable-mention All-Pac-10 honors.

As a senior in 2009, Brown was listed at No. 8 on's preseason offensive tackle power ranking.[3] He started all 13, while allowing two sacks on 463 pass plays and being penalized only twice. He was named first-team All-American by the Sporting News, All-Pac-10 and won the Morris Trophy, recognizing the conference's top offensive and defensive lineman. He finished his college career after appearing in 48 games with 27 starts.

Professional career


Brown was regarded as one of the best offensive tackles available in the 2010 NFL Draft,[4][5] and draws comparisons to Maurice Williams.[6] Listed at 285 pounds during his senior year at USC, Brown weighed in at 303 pounds at the NFL Combine.

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
303 lb
(137 kg)
35+14 in
(0.90 m)
11+38 in
(0.29 m)
All values from NFL Combine[7]

New Orleans Saints

Brown was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the second round (64th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.[8] He signed a four-year contract on July 26, 2010.[9] As a rookie, he appeared in 3 games and was declared inactive for 13 contests and the playoffs.

In 2011, he appeared in 8 games with 5 starts at right tackle. He replaced injured starter Zach Strief in a come from behind win against the Houston Texans and went on to start the next 5 games. On November 2, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a hip pointer.

In 2012, he played in 10 games with 3 starts. He started one game at tight end against the Philadelphia Eagles and 2 contests at right tackle in place of an injured Strief. He missed 4 games with a knee injury. He was placed on the injured reserve list on December 15.

In 2013, he started the first 14 games at left tackle, before being benched for poor play and replaced in the starting lineup with rookie Terron Armstead, for the remaining contests of the regular season and the playoffs. He wasn't re-signed after the season.

New York Giants

On April 1, 2014, the New York Giants announced the signing of Brown to a free agent contract.[10] The contract was for one-year, $795,000, with a base salary of $730,000 and a $55,000 signing bonus.[11] On November 22, he was waived after playing in only 2 games.

New York Jets

On June 12, 2015, Brown was signed by the New York Jets following a tryout at minicamp.[12] He was released on September 5.

Dallas Cowboys

On September 14, 2015, he was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys, to take over the backup swing tackle role from a struggling Darrion Weems.[13] He didn't have any starts during the season and was just used in some situational run formations.

On March 11, 2016, he was re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Cowboys. On July 26, he was placed on the reserve/retired list after announcing his retirement.[14]


  1. ^ " Offensive tackles 2005". January 18, 2005.
  2. ^ "Tight End Ranking 2005". 2005.
  3. ^ Buchanan, Olin; Dienhart, Tom; Fox, David; Huguenin, Mike; Megargee, Steve (August 22, 2009). "Preseason offensive tackle power rankings".
  4. ^ Brandt, Gil. "Top offensive tackle prospects for 2010 hail from the Big 12".
  5. ^ "NFL Draft-2010 OT Draft Prospects". CBS Sportsline.
  6. ^ "Draft Profile: Charles Brown". 2010.
  7. ^ "Charles Brown Combine Profile". February 27, 2010..
  8. ^ "2010 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved May 13, 2023.
  9. ^ Stewart, Robert (July 26, 2010). "Charles Brown signs four-year deal with New Orleans Saints". Times-Picayune. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  10. ^ Patra, Kevin (April 1, 2014). "Charles Brown, New York Giants strike contract". Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  11. ^ "Charles Brown Contracts, Salaries, Cap Hits, and News Profile".
  12. ^ Lange, Randy (June 12, 2015). "Jets Sign Tryout Tackle Charles Brown". New York Jets. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  13. ^ Phillips, Rob (September 15, 2015). "Weems Waived, Charles Brown Signed As Team Tweaks Offensive Tackle Depth". Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  14. ^ Phillips, Rob (July 26, 2016). "Veteran OT Charles Brown Announces Retirement; Cowboys Sign 2 Tackles". Archived from the original on July 27, 2016. Retrieved April 1, 2020.