Running back Ronnie Brown joined a list of free agent players who turned down offers from other teams to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that has now acquired five Pro Bowl players this offseason. Brown agreed to terms with the Eagles on a one-year deal on Tuesday.
"At this point in my career, I'm looking back and I'm looking at the opportunity, and it's not so much the financial standpoint," said the 29-year-old Brown. "It's more about winning and putting myself in a good situation where I felt comfortable where I would be on a team that put that first. You could tell by some of the moves that they made this offseason that I think they put winning first."
Brown also stated that one of his top reasons for choosing the Eagles was quarterback Michael Vick. The second-overall pick of the Dolphins in 2005, Brown has seen a number of quarterbacks come and go during his six years in Miami. In fact, the Dolphins have had 10 quarterbacks start games since Brown arrived.
"One of the things when I was looking at this situation was the stability of the quarterback," he said. "The quarterback here, everybody knows who it is. … Just to have a little bit of stability, it's going to make a lot of difference."
Brown earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2008 when he rushed for 10 touchdowns, many of them out of the Wildcat formation, as he helped lead the Dolphins to a surprise division title. He has shared the running back duties with Ricky Williams for the past three seasons, so being the backup to LeSean McCoy is not going to be a major change for him.
"I thought LeSean and myself, we're a little bit different as far as size," Brown said. "For myself, I like to get downhill a little bit more, and present that option, so I felt like it was going to be a good fit. I think on the offensive side of the ball they do a lot of different things to get guys involved so I felt like I would have a chance here. I spoke with Coach (Andy) Reid and I felt like it was a good spot for me."
Brown can catch the ball out of the backfield. He's had at least 30 receptions in all but one NFL season. And at 6-0, 230 pounds, Brown can be an effective third-and-short back.
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