Veteran Running Back Ronnie Brown Signs With San Diego Chargers

June 8, 2012

The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran running back Ronnie Brown. Terms of the deal were not announced.

The 6-0, 230-pounder spent the 2011 season with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played in all 16 games as a backup to starter LeSean McCoy. Brown also started two games for the Eagles, finishing the year with a modest 136 yards and one touchdown on the ground in Andy Reid's pass-happy offensive scheme.

Although Brown's best days are behind him, he is expected to make an effective contribution as a reserve in the Chargers offense.  Given his pass-catching ability, he might also see some playing time on third down.

Brown's peak years were with the Miami Dolphins, who drafted him out of Auburn with the second overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. In six seasons with the 'Fins, Brown rushed for 4,815 yards and 36 touchdowns, while catching 184 passes for 1,491 yards and a pair of scores.

Brown played a huge role in the Dolphins "Wildcat" scheme, rushing for 1,008 yards in 2006, and earning a Pro Bowl selection in 2008. A versatile threat, Brown also threw two touchdown passes for the Dolphins.

In eight NFL seasons, Brown has played in 92 career games with 73 starts.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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