Chicago Bears: RB Chris Brown Would Be a Good Fit

Jeff LittleSenior Writer IMarch 13, 2008

Former Tennessee Titans Running Back Chris Brown tested the free agency waters last offseason and didn't find many takers or the money he was seeking and returned to the Titans.

Past Injuries more than likely played a role in teams' lack of interest in the former Colorado Buffaloes running back. He made several jaws drop around the league in week one when he ran for 175 yards against the Jaguars and then disappeared.

Over the course of the 2007 season, he never ran for more than 46 yards per game and ended the season with a grand total of 464 yards. I take it he won't be returning to the Titans this season, but one team's trash is another team's treasure and the beneficiary could the Chicago Bears or Detroit Lions.

Both teams have a glaring need for a running back. In Detriot, it has been reported that the Lions had strong interest in Dallas Cowboys free agent Julius Jones and felt  if they could sign him, current starter Kevin Jones would be cut.

The Lions aren't happy with Kevin Jones' durability after injuries caused him to miss several games in the past few seasons. Both the Bears and the Lions could fill their running back need in the upcoming draft, but it makes more sense for the Lions to draft a running back in the first round due to the impending release of Kevin Jones.

The Bears, on the other hand, have had to deal with the same issues with Cedric Benson who has had suffered through inconsistency and his share of injuries. The Bears showed a lot of confidence in Cedric Benson by trading two-time 1,300-yard rusher Thomas Jones to the Jets.

Benson hasn't done much to justify the trade or his selection as the fourth pick in the 2005.  His backup, the other Adrian Peterson, has excelled as a change-of-pace, third down back, but hardly a starter. 

Chris Brown is 6' 3" and 220 pounds, and a much-needed power runner. He has had to deal with injuries as well, but he would give the Bears a two-headed monster type rushing attack that would help the Bears move the chains, control the clock, keep the defense rested, and be QB Rex Grossman's best friend.

This move could go a long way to improving the overall play of the team. If the defense can stay healthy, play better third down defense helping them get off the field, and force the opponent to kick the ball to the always dangerous Devin Hester, the future could be bright in Chicago.