Will Ronnie Brown Resurrect His Career with the Detroit Lions?

Adam Dietz@dietztrainCorrespondent IOctober 19, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 12:  Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins rushes against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 12, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Seven years ago Ronnie Brown was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the second pick of the NFL draft. Since 2002 Ronnie Brown has been an on again-off again running back whose career has been plagued with injury and inconsistency more often that not. However, during those seven years, there were moments of brilliance and domination that, although brief, were impossible to deny.

This begs the question: Does Ronnie Brown have anything left in the tank?

Earlier today the Detroit Lions sent Jerome Harrison back to the Philadelphia Eagles (where he spent last season) along with a 7th-round pick in exchange for Ronnie Brown.

This was a great move by the Lions. Jahvid Best has shown no durability in his young career and after being concussed on Sunday against San Francisco, he may miss time. And if not, then he will be forced to play a much smaller role in the offense.

One way to gauge the value of a trade is to look at what was given versus what was received.

The Lions gave away a 7th-round pick (which usually equates to nothing, though exceptions do exist) and Jerome Harrison who, apart from a 300-yard rushing game a few years ago, has never been a talented back.

What they got in return was a former college standout, first-round pick, 4.5 yard-per-carry back who, at age 29, should have some games left in him.

Ronnie Brown has always been best when used in certain situations. He will be purely a situational back for the Lions this season. The man who made the Wild Cat package popular and was once considered once of the top-tier running backs in the league was handed to Detroit for virtually nothing.

I realize that Ronnie Brown was not playing good football with the Eagles, but ask yourself this: Who has been?

Maybe another change in scenery and a young, explosive offensive will be what it takes to resurrect Ronnie Brown's career.

Another good move by Martin Mayhew who, for the past few seasons, has been pushing all the right buttons.