San Diego Chargers: Veteran Running Back Has Been Signed

Alex RamirezCorrespondent IJune 8, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 02:  Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins carries the ball in the first half against the New England Patriots on January 2, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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We all knew it was going to happen sooner or later. A veteran running back was going to be signed to fill the void left by Mike Tolbert. A.J. Smith has been quiet as of late, besides the report of giving Brian Banks a tryout.

Today, the San Diego Chargers agreed to terms with former Dolphins and Eagles' running back Ronnie Brown. There were rumors that Ricky Williams could be brought in, but instead, his former Miami teammate was the better option. Ronnie Brown was the second overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Last season, he was the backup to LeSean McCoy in Philadelphia. Although he's slowed down in recent years, this was a great addition to the Charger offense. Ronnie Brown will be a great second back with experience in both the wildcat formation and as a receiver out of the backfield.

The Chargers agreed to a one year deal with the former Auburn running back on June 8th. He now enters a position in San Diego with Ryan Mathews, Curtis Brinkley, and Edwin Baker. Brown will probably end up being the backup running back, seeing more playing time than Brinkley. Baker will need to excel in special teams to have a shot at making the roster come August.

The biggest reason Ronnie Brown was signed by the Chargers was for experience. If Ryan Mathews, who will see an expanded role this season, gets injured once again this season, Brown's name will be called to fill in. Depending on the contract value, this seems to be a great signing by San Diego's front office.

Don't count Curtis Brinkley out just yet, either. He still has time to prove he's ready for a bigger role on the Chargers this offseason. It's going to come down to who can be more consistent, a factor in the receiving game and a solid pass protector.

Grade: A