The Philadelphia Eagles Continue Building Their Free Agent Chest

The Philadelphia Eagles Continue Building Their Free Agent Chest

Eagles acquire Miami running back Ronnie Brown, giving them eight major free agent signs to help in unseating defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay.

Published August 3, 2011

The Philadelphia Eagles seem like a team that is on a Super Bowl mission.


At least the Eagles are acting as though they are as they continue to add free agent pieces that appear geared at knocking off the defending world champion Green Bay Packers. The Eagles agreed to terms Tuesday with veteran running back Ronnie Brown to give them eight major free agent acquisitions within the last week.


Suddenly quarterback Michael Vick is surrounded by the best team he ever had either in Atlanta or Philadelphia. This could be the Super Bowl or bust season for both head coach Andy Reid and Vick.


The Eagles, of course, made the biggest splash of the free agent period when they landed super cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha over several teams vying for the former Oakland Raider. They’ve also lured free agent defensive linemen Cullen Jenkins and Jason Babin, offensive linemen Ryan Harris and Evan Mathis, quarterback Vince Young and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, making the Eagles easily the most active team in this shortened signing period.


While Asomugha was definitely the most critical acquisition, bringing 29-year-old Brown after he spent his first six seasons in Miami could be crucial to the offensive success. He should add valuable depth behind versatile youngster LeSean McCoy, who is coming off a 1,000-yard rushing season in which he also caught 70 passes.


Brown rushed for 4,815 yards and 36 touchdowns while catching 184 passes for 1,491 yards during his tenure with the Dolphins. Brown never quite lived up to expectations when he was drafted No.2 overall out of Auburn in 2005. He had just one Pro Bowl season in 2008 as the Dolphins struggled to find an offensive identity and clarify his role in it.


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Written by Terrance Harris


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