Updates from Tuesday, April 8
The Houston Texans confirmed their deal with Andre Brown on the team's Twitter account:
It hasn't been an easy road for Andre Brown, but following two productive seasons with the New York Giants, he is headed to the Houston Texans after agreeing to a one-year deal with the franchise.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle broke the news on Twitter:
Texans agree with RB Andre Brown.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) April 7, 2014
He later provided the numbers for Brown's one-year deal with the team:
Andre Brown signed one year for minimum $645,000.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) April 7, 2014
Brown got in on the fun as he tweeted out a photo during his signing:
Done deal pic.twitter.com/ytcRogiCjN— Andre Brown (@drebrown35) April 7, 2014
The deal for the Texans comes on the heels of losing Ben Tate to the Cleveland Browns at the beginning of free agency. Tate filled in nicely for the injured Arian Foster last season, but Brown will now take over the backup duties in the Lone Star state.
Following the announcement, Brad Evans of Yahoo Sports provided his thoughts on the deal and what it could mean for Texans fans and fantasy owners alike:
Love HOU signing of Andre Brown. Should be able to ease burden on recovering Arian Foster. Fantastic handcuff. Nice late-game fantasy pick.— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) April 7, 2014
Is Brown a good fit in Houston?
After starring in the backfield for N.C. State, Brown bounced around the league for several seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins before finally finding a home with the Giants.
Despite his multiple injuries, Brown was productive in New York, even leading the team in rushing last season with 492 yards and three touchdowns in just eight games. The durability issues could continue to be a concern for Brown, but he should have a chance to thrive behind Foster if he stays healthy.
Giants owner John Mara was hoping to get Brown back in a Giants jersey during the 2014 season, but will now have to move on without the 27-year-old, per Art Stapleton of The Record:
John Mara says #NYG "hope we get Andre Brown back" and could address the RB position in the draft.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) January 9, 2014
Former teammate Eli Manning spoke about Brown's ability on the field, per Tom Rock of Newsday:
Eli on @WFAN660 re Andre Brown "He definitely gave us a spark and ran the ball hard."— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) November 11, 2013
With a nose for the end zone he showed back in 2012 with the Giants, scoring eight touchdowns in just 10 games, expect to see Brown in goal-line packages for the Texans in relief of Foster.
If Foster is unable to remain healthy throughout the season, Brown also has the ability to be a lead back in Houston after doing so in New York. His bruising power also makes the 6'0", 227-pound back a perfect complement to Foster in the Texans' backfield.
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