With a hole still left behind by the departure of RB Mike Tolbert, the San Diego Chargers today signed veteran RB Ronnie Brown to be the backup Running Back and also play a little on third down.
Brown has had an up and down career, mostly due to health issues, but has had over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 3 out of his 7 NFL seasons. He signed a one-year deal with the "Dream Team" Philadelphia Eagles last season in hopes of boosting his value for a long-term deal, but the offense was a terrible fit for him and he ended up carrying the ball just 42 times all season.
If you remember, Ronnie Brown is exactly who I wanted the Chargers to sign for this spot. Here's what I said about him in that article:
Ronnie Brown - I shouldn't want them to sign Ronnie Brown as badly as I do. Every time I want a FA in San Diego this badly, it never happens. An absolutely perfect fit if they're not afraid of his mileage.
Brown is a natural 3rd down Running Back. He has great hands, is a fantastic pass-blocker, can throw the ball if you want to play some Wildcat and can fill in as a starter for a week or two without a drop-off in talent.
The only issue with Ronnie is that you can't give him 20+ carries for more than a few weeks without him breaking, but that won't happen without something catastrophic happening to Ryan Mathews.
San Diego Chargers
Dec 12, 1981