Eagles, former Dolphins RB Brown agree to deal

Eagles, former Dolphins RB Brown agree to deal
August 2, 2011, 8:38 pm
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BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Eagles on Tuesday found the veteran tailback theyve been searching for, agreeing to a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent Ronnie Brown.

Brown, 29, has spent his entire six-year career with the Dolphins and ranks third in franchise history with 4,815 yards, behind only Larry Csonka (6,737) and Ricky Williams (6,436).

Brown, a 1,000-yard rusher in 2006, scored 36 rushing touchdowns and had a 4.3 average with the Dolphins, who made him the second pick in the 2005 draft out of Auburn.

Brown is also an outstanding receiver, something thats imperative in the Eagles offense. He caught 184 passes for 1,491 yards with the Dolphins and had 30 or more catches in five of his six seasons in Miami.

Other than starter LeSean McCoy, the Eagles only experienced running back currently under contract is rarely used Eldra Buckley.

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. Hell add some good size to our backfield and hes a good character guy.

We think hell be a tremendous complement to LeSean 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.

Last year, Brown averaged a career-low 3.7 yards per carry with five touchdowns. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2008, when he rushed for 916 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 33 passes for 254 yards. Brown has also thrown two touchdown passes.

Brown is one of only six NFL running backs with more than 4,500 rushing yards and 150 receptions since 2005. His 184 catches since 2005 are ninth-most among NFL running backs during that span.

Brown is scheduled to arrive at Lehigh University Wednesday morning. Hes scheduled to take his physical Wednesday and will practice either Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning.

In the past week, the Eagles have added five Pro Bowl players -- defensive end Jason Babin, cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha, quarterback Vince Young and Brown.

E-mail Reuben Frank at rfrank@comcastsportsnet.com