No one wants to miss out on a year-end bonus. So it had to hurt Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown when he came this close to a $500,000 yardage bonus in Week 17, but fell short.
How close is this close? Try 16 yards.
Brown, who is about to become a free agent, was due the bonus for reaching the 750-yard mark this season, and entered Week 17 needing just 30 yards. But Brown rushed for only 14 yards on six carries as the Browns fell far behind the Patriots.
Brown had a “oh well” reaction to the whole thing though, answering with a smile when he was asked about the lack of carries by reporters.
“We haven’t even addressed it,” Brown said, per the Sun Sentinel. It’s one of those things where it’s a good opportunity, and obviously we could all have more money or be willing to make more money. But, at the same time, I don’t feel like I’m one of those selfish guys. It would have been great for me to be able to achieve that, but at the same time we’re down by 30 points or whatever. … I had an opportunity, didn’t get it. Now I have to move forward.”
Brown seems to have a much better reason than Ricky Williams to have pent up angst toward head coach Tony Sparano. But even after a career-worst season and no bonus, he told the paper he wants to be back with the Dolphins.