Ronnie Brown: 4 Reasons to Avoid Giving Former Miami Dolphin the Deal He Wants

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIIJuly 28, 2011

Ronnie Brown: 4 Reasons to Avoid Giving Former Miami Dolphin the Deal He Wants

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    With the NFL season just around the corner and free agent activity about to take off, one to watch for is former Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown.

    Brown was drafted second overall in the 2005 NFL Draft and has been touted as one of the better running backs in the NFL since then. However, here I'll detail four reasons to avoid giving him a big contract.

    The Auburn product signed a huge deal out of college, but chances are he'll end up being offered much less this time around.

    Here's why.

    Sources: ESPN.com, Spotrac.com, WalterFootball.com

Brown Is Injury Prone

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    Ronnie Brown hasn't lived up to his second-overall draft selection, but it's not because he isn't talented. A big part of his struggles has been injuries.

    Brown has missed time in three of his six seasons, and in two of those seasons, he missed about half the year. 

    Even though he played in all 16 games in 2010, he always seems to be banged up to some extent. Anyone with Brown's injury history isn't reliable enough to get a lucrative contract.

Brown's Production Is Declining

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    Ronnie Brown has had a few good statistical seasons, especially considering how much time he has missed. But his stats are now trending downward.

    After rushing for no less than 4.2 yards per carry in his first five seasons, his average slipped to a measly 3.7 yards per carry in 2010. In addition to that, Brown has had only one 1,000-yard season and rushed for just 734 yards and five touchdowns last season.

    Brown will need his numbers to rebound if he is to deserve a bigger contract...

Brown Is 29 Years Old

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    ....Which brings me to my next point—Brown is aging and may not have a whole lot of gas left in the tank.

    29 isn't all that old, but running backs' skills generally erode much more quickly than other positions considering the beating they withstand play after play.

    His age, combined with his injury history, could easily keep his stats down, and teams won't want to pay him top dollar.

Overall Production Doesn't Justify Brown's Pay

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    Ronnie Brown received a five-year, $34 million contract as a rookie, but in hindsight, Brown didn't deserve it.

    His statistics and injuries are good reasons right off the bat, but another number that may be overlooked is the number of carries he receives per season.

    Brown hasn't had more than 241 carries in any of his six seasons, and in years when he was on pace to exceed that number, he ended up getting injured.

    His 200 carries in 2010 were the fewest he's ever had in a full season. Don't expect that number to go up no matter where he ends up, and don't expect any team to give Brown the amount of money he wants.