The hits just keep on coming.
Former first round draft pick (#2 overall) Ronnie Brown has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Eagles. The Birds, who have been looking for a veteran back-up to Shady ever since the lockout rendered Dion Lewis virtually useless as a third down back this season, get in Brown a versatile and strong but injury-prone tailback.
In his 7th year out of Auburn, the 6’0″ 230 lb. feature back is an exceptional pass-catcher and well-versed in a number of different blocking schemes. He’s also been known to throw a decent football or two out of the wildcat formation, which gives Andy Reid one more wrinkle to throw into his offensive gameplans.
In Philly green, the 30-year-old would see a significantly decreased workload from his time in Miami, which should help him hold up better than he has in recent seasons. He has a pending DUI from the offseason and the case is slated to be tried in October, but it looks like the league is holding off on punishing players for violating the conduct code during the lockout, which should keep Brown from missing any time.
By the time he suits up and actually takes the field the Eagles will probably be on the verge of their first preseason game, if not already past it, so I doubt we’ll see any live action from him against Baltimore. He’ll have a steep learning curve and a long way to go in the four short weeks of practice he’ll have before opening day in St. Louis, but that’s presumably why Reid and Howie Roseman decided to acquire a Pro Bowl veteran instead of a rookie free agent or a younger player. After all these years in the league, Brown should be able to pick up our offense pretty quickly.
This move, by the way, finally ensures that there will be more Pro Bowlers on our starting roster than non-Pro Bowlers. At least it seems that way.