Aug 022011

New Eagles RB Ronnie BrownNew Eagles RB Ronnie Brown (photo: Ed Yourdon)

So much for that Tiki Barber theory.  Should have known in this new era of Madden-style Eagles football that the team would set their sights a bit higher.

The Eagles have officially announced the signing of former Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown.

The former second-overall pick in the 2005 draft, Brown hasn’t quite lived up to expectations but it’s still a great signing.  Physically he’s the total package — strong, powerful, decent speed with the quickness to hit the hole, good hands out of the backfield, great vision, etc.  It’s why he was taken so high in the draft.

Unfortunately something was lost in translation upon Brown entering the NFL, and when combined with some lingering injury issues during his career that include a torn ACL in 2007, Brown has become the next in a growing line of Eagles reclamation projects.

Brown is responsible for making the Wildcat standard verbiage in the NFL lexicon, bringing an offensive spark to the Dolphins that has bred imitators throughout the league.  With Andy Reid already a fan of gimmicky offensive plays, he must be salivating over the possibility of finding ways to get Brown and Vince Young on the field with Vick, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and LeSean McCoy.  Again…  Madden.

Production-wise, Brown’s best season came in 2008 when he carried the ball 214 times for 916 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He was elected to the Pro Bowl for his efforts.

“Ronnie is an all-around running back with a versatile skill set,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “He can run the ball, catch it, and does very well in pass protection.

“He’ll add some good size to our backfield and he’s a good character guy. We think he’ll be a tremendous compliment to LeSean [McCoy] 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.”

Howie probably also loves the fact that Brown came in cheaply on a one-year deal.  According to Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald, four teams were pursuing Brown, who decided to accept the offer with the least amount of money.

Apparently Brown wants to be part of the Dream Team as well.

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