NFL Predictions: Top 10 Landing Spots for Ronnie Brown

Allen KimSenior Analyst IJanuary 6, 2011

NFL Predictions: Top 10 Landing Spots for Ronnie Brown

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 12:  Running back Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates scoring the game winning touchdown against the New York Jets fans prior to their game at Land Shark Stadium on October 12, 2009 in Miami, Florida. Miami defeated New York
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    Ronnie Brown is an unrestricted free agent and he may have to find a new home in the offseason.

    Brown managed to get through all 16 games after missing seven last year, but he had a very poor season.

    On 200 attempts, Brown managed to run for only 734 yards and five touchdowns. He did add 33 receptions and another 242 yards through the air, but he turned in a rather unremarkable year.

    What would the 10 best destinations be for Brown to continue his career?

10. Seattle Seahawks

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 09:  Running back Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins shakes a tackle attempt by safety Deon Grant #24 of the Seattle Seahawks to score a fourth quarter touchdown at Dolphin Stadium on November 9, 2008 in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins d
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    Seattle's running game has been less than stellar this season and Ronnie Brown could inject some life into it.

    Marshawn Lynch is a shell of his former self and Justin Forsett is not a true No. 1. That leaves a hole that Brown could easily fill.

    Pete Carroll has done some amazing things with running backs while at USC and perhaps he could find ways to revive Brown's career and make him relevant again.

9. Cleveland Browns

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 17:  Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns hands the ball off to Peyton Hillis #40 during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 17, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Image
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    Cleveland may have found their franchise running back in Peyton Hillis, but they could still use a nice change-of-pace back to bolster their running game.

    Mike Bell has been largely ineffective as a backup and Hillis could really use another tailback to pair up with to lighten the load.

    With Colt McCoy emerging as a potential franchise quarterback and an elite receiver nearly a lock to be taken in the NFL draft, Brown won't have to face teams constantly stacking the box against him.

    Cleveland has a solid offensive line which should open up enough gaps for Brown to work his magic.

8. St. Louis Rams

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    ST. LOUIS, MO. - NOVEMBER 30:  Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins rushes against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Dolphins beat the Rams 16-12.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    Steven Jackson is one of the few workhorse running backs left in the league and he desperately needs a good backup to give him some rest.

    Ronnie Brown can pair with Jackson to form one of the most fearsome tailback tandems in the NFL.

    As long as Sam Bradford gets a true No. 1 wide receiver, Brown should find plenty or lanes to do some serious damage.

    He'll have to see Patrick Willis quite often, but the rest of the competition in the NFC West doesn't pose much of a threat on run defense.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 17: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers hands the ball off to teammate Rashard Mendenhall #34 during the game against the Cleveland Browns on October 17, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared W
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    The Pittsburgh Steelers like to run the football, which bodes well for Ronnie Brown.

    He'll have to back up Rashard Mendenhall, but there should be more than enough touches for the two of them to be productive.

    Mendenhall needs a reliable and useful backup to relieve him of duties when he's winded and Brown is more than capable of handling the load.

    The Steelers are in contention every year and they have a great organization.

6. Detroit Lions

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    Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown against the Detroit Lions in a Thanksgiving Day game Nov. 23, 2006 in Detroit. The Dolphins won 21 - 10.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    The Detroit Lions are still far from being a true contender, but they've made great strides after their historically inept season.

    Jahvid Best battled turf toe all season and there are growing concerns over his long-term future.

    Whether Ronnie Brown starts or backs up Best, he'll be a good change-of-pace back that should be an immediate upgrade over the likes of Kevin Smith and Maurice Morris.

    With Calvin Johnson getting double and triple teamed in coverage, it should take pressure off of Brown and give him more running room.

5. New Orleans Saints

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 24:  Drew Brees #9 hands off the ball to Chris Ivory #29 of the New Orleans Saints during the game against the Cleveland Browns at the Louisiana Superdome on October 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Browns defeated the Saints
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    New Orleans has a tenuous situation in their backfield.

    Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory are out for the playoffs and durability concerns surround both tailbacks. Thomas may not even be back with the team, which creates an opening for Ronnie Brown.

    At this juncture, I have a hard time believing that Reggie Bush will ever be a full-time running back. Brown could potentially start and have Bush come in as a change-of-pace back.

    With Drew Brees and the Saints prolific passing attack, it makes life on Brown that much easier.

    Sean Payton's offense is as creative as they come and he could find some interesting ways to utilize Brown.

4. Indianapolis Colts

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 17:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts fakes a hand off to Joseph Addai #29 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on December 17, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/G
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    The Indianapolis Colts have absolutely no consistency in their running game.

    Joseph Addai is a free agent and the Colts may be unwilling to pony up the cash to keep him around. Ronnie Brown won't exactly come cheap either, but he could potentially be had for less.

    Donald Brown has potential, but he hasn't lived up to it thus far. Also, Mike Hart is a free agent and he would create a roster spot if he wasn't retained.

    Honestly, how could you not want to play with Peyton Manning? He's the most cerebral quarterback in the NFL and he makes the Colts Super Bowl contenders nearly every season.

    Brown is not used to the same type of sustained success the Colts have had under Manning's tenure, and it should be a welcome change of scenery for him.

3. Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 17: Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins runs against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 17, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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    Green Bay has one of the most complete teams in the NFL, but their only weakness is at running back.

    Ryan Grant has been on injured reserve since Week 1, so his durability will be questioned.

    Brandon Jackson is a free agent, so he may have played his last games in a Packers uniform after the conclusion of the NFL playoffs.

    Even if Brown ends up backing up Grant in Green Bay, he should get at least, if not more, touches than what he averaged with the Dolphins this year.

    Plus Aaron Rodgers and all the receivers at his disposal will alleviate pressure off of the backfield tremendously.

2. Cincinnati Bengals

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    CINCINNATI - OCTOBER 31:  Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Marvin Lewis allegedly wants to get back to what made the team so successful last year, which was to run the football. That creates plenty of opportunities and touches for Ronnie Brown.

    Cedric Benson is a free agent and he may very well find himself with a new home.

    That creates a glaring void at the tailback position in Cincinnati.

    The possibility of being a full-time starter in a run-first offense makes the Bengals an enticing destination.

1. Miami Dolphins

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 19:  Running back Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins is upended by the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Sure, Ronnie Brown had a poor season and he hasn't exactly been durable over the course of his career, but he's spent his first six years in Miami and he's brought some excitement to the fan base.

    His production was down this year, but his touches were reduced from 16.3 last season to 12.5 this season. It's tough to get consistent production when your reps come in spurts.

    Not to mention the inconsistent passing game and underwhelming offensive line that made the situation worse.

    It appears as if the Dolphins are ready to part ways with Brown and get a fresh start, but who knows how the situation will play out.

    After all, if Wade Phillips was able to keep his job with the Cowboys for so long, and Marvin Lewis was just recently retained after a 4-12 season, anything can happen.

    If you had your choice, would you pass up on the beautiful beaches of Florida? Also, don't forget about those Dolphins cheerleaders.

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