Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Eagles Sign Former Dolphin Running Back Ronnie Brown


The Eagles have signed former Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown to a one-year contract. He’s expected to come in and backup the Birds starting running back, LeSean McCoy.

Brown was previously the second pick in the draft in 2005. He’s had some good years but he hasn’t been able to stay healthy. I wouldn’t have signed him because of his inability to stay on the field, even though he’s a talented football player.

“Ronnie is an all-around running back with a versatile skill set,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. “He can run the ball, catch it, and does very well in pass protection. He’ll add some good size to our backfield and he’s a good character guy. We think he’ll be a tremendous compliment to LeSean [McCoy] and the other young backs on this team that we really like. You can never have enough good running backs in this league and we are happy to have Ronnie join us.”

The 29-year-old Brown was the 2nd overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins and went on to gain 4,815 yards and 36 touchdowns in his first six NFL seasons, while recording 184 receptions. He ranks third on the Dolphins all-time rushing yards list behind Larry Csonka (6,737) and Ricky Williams (6,436) and is tied with Csonka for the 2nd most 100-yard rushing games in team history with 15. The 6’-0”, 230-pound back started all 16 games for the Dolphins in 2010 and rushed 200 times for 734 yards and five touchdowns, while catching 33 passes.

In 2008, Brown was elected to the Pro Bowl after rushing 214 times for 916 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns, while grabbing 33 receptions. That year, he played a vital role in the Dolphins “Wildcat” offensive packages and even completed two of three pass attempts for 41 yards and a touchdown. He was also voted by his teammates as the Ed Block Courage Award recipient as he valiantly rebounded from an torn ACL injury during the 2007 campaign. Brown logged a career-high 1,008 rushing yards in 2006 after leading the Dolphins with 907 yards rushing as a rookie in 2005.

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