Ronnie Brown is open to a return to the Dolphins, even in a mentor role to second-round pick Daniel Thomas. What isn’t yet known is if the Dolphins feel the same way, though reports suggest the team favors him over fellow free-agent-to-be Ricky Williams.
Injuries have limited Browns’ productivity during his six NFL seasons, and he ran for a career-low 3.7 yards per carry last season as part of a platoon with Williams while playing in 16 games for the first time in his career. So what does Brown, now 29, have left in the tank, and what does he offer a team?
NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger checked in for a quick scouting report.
“Brown’s speed and quickness have deteriorated somewhat due to injuries, and he’s probably not as powerful. But, he’s skilled and can still play. He’s a big back who knows how to run the ball and take care of it. He isn’t a great receiving back, but with his size can still move the pile and is effective in short yardage. Brown has never been a true feature back, and this point he’s a platoon-type player who can help a team in the right situation.”
Teams might be reluctant about Brown given his age and injury history. Given his experience in the Dolphins’ system and Baldinger’s assessment, maybe Brown has the most value staying right where he is. The Dolphins are believed to be interested, if the price is right.