Free Agent Flashback: Evaluating Ronnie Brown

Big things were expected for the Eagles this season after their summer shopping spree. Obviously, through six games, things haven’t gone according to plan. Let’s take a look at which players have worked out, and which haven’t. Since we don’t know how long this first guy will be around, let’s take a look at running back Ronnie Brown.

When the Eagles brought in free-agent running back Ronnie Brown, he was expected to be the perfect compliment to LeSean McCoy. But Brown, a seasoned runner with a nose for the goal line, has been a virtual nonentity with the Eagles.

He’s carried the ball a mere 13 times for 38 yards, good for only a putrid 2.9 yards per carry. This a particularly bad number considering the Eagles’success running the football this season.

In his one opportunity at the goal line, Brown infamously stuttered forward before attempting a desperate and ill-advised pass as he fell to the ground that resulted in a brutal turnover.

And that was it for Brown. He hasn’t received a touch since that debacle three games ago.

Earlier this week, it appeared the Eagles had washed their hands of Brown, trading for Jerome Harrison (who they should have retained in the first place) and a 2013 seventh-round draft pick. It’s been well-documented, however, that the trade was voided because Harrison couldn’t pass a physical.

What’s next for Brown and the Eagles? Well, an awkward reunion appears in store for both parties when the players report back to the NovaCare Complex after the bye week. The trade deadline has passed, and while Brown has clearly fallen out of favor with Reid, it would be hard to imagine the Eagles granting him his outright release. Stay tuned.

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