I don't like it but I get it. Paul Guilfoyle hasn't been truly full time for a couple of years now and its difficult to write coherent story-lines for part time cast members. Plus, they've got a talented up-and-comer in Alimi Ballard who won't settle for recurring status forever. That couple with the fact that Paul Guilfoyle himself is now past the retirement age for most cops and Brass' continued presence will eventually become less than believable. There's also the business side of things: he's also one of the longest serving cast members and that comes with a hefty price tag. Creatively and financially, Brass's days were numbers. Again, don't like it but I understand it. Here's hoping Crawford becomes as fully developed and interesting a character as Brass and that Brass gets a proper send off.