Eagles President Joe Banner noted last weekend that the Eagles are becoming a priority NFL destination – a team players want to join.
Ex-Dolphin Ronnie Brown will support LeSean McCoy this season after signing a 1-year contract for about $1 million, plus some incentives, that there may not be a better illustration of that than yesterday’s news.
Ronnie Brown, 29, was the second player chosen in the 2005 outline, and a 2008 Pro Bowl selection after he went back from lost part of 2007 with an ACL tear. It is hard to believe that he could not find a place that would suggest more money and more carries than he is likely to get with the Eagles. The Miami Herald reported that the Chargers, Ravens and Rams all want Brown, and that Brown got less money to come to the Eagles. A source close to the situation said that was the case.
Brown is 6-foot, 230, with the kind of inside power the Eagles need in a McCoy complement, plus critical for any back who desires to play in this offense, and he is a solid pass receiver.
Agent Todd France said, “He was looking for the opportunity, not just the money, he felt Philly was the best. He has been smart financially, and is looking at the big picture.”
The big picture would include a chance to achieve some Super Bowl luster, and then become a free agent in the offseason. That would be quarterback Vince Young’s thinking in signing a 1-year Eagles contract.
Brown carried 200 times last season for 734 yards and five touchdowns. McCoy had 207 carries in Andy Reid’s pass-first system for achieving 1,080 yards and scoring seven touchdowns. When the Eagles set franchise records for points and generally yardage, Eagles running backs other than McCoy managed just 78 carries last season. That is, if you figure Chad Hall’s nine carries as belonging to a wideout. Running backs other than McCoy grasped 21 passes, again, excluding out Hall’s 11.
Brown has never carried the ball less than 200 times in a full period.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said in a statement released by the group, “Ronnie is an all-around running back with a versatile skillset, 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 complement to LeSean and the other young backs on this team that we really like.”
Brown got the 3rd rank on the Dolphins’ all-time rushing list, with 4,815 yards in six seasons, trailing only Larry Csonka and Ricky Williams. He was an early pioneer of the NFL “wildcat” trend, something Reid likes to tinker with.