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Report: Patriots sign Donald Brown

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The Chargers released running back Donald Brown last October, but brought him back a couple of days later to play out the season before releasing him again in March.

If they are going to hook up with Brown again in the future, it looks like they’ll have to wait for him to get dispatched by the Patriots. Peter Schrager of FOX Sports reports that the Patriots have signed Brown on Wednesday.

Brown had a productive 2013 campaign for the Colts, who made him a first-round pick in 2009, and then signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Chargers before the 2014 season. His two years in San Diego┬ádidn’t turn out as well, however. Brown ran the ball 144 times for 452 yards and a touchdown while catching 37 passes for┬áthe Chargers, who opted to go with several other backs ahead of Brown during his tenure.

As the backfield is currently constituted in New England, Brown will compete with Dion Lewis, Brandon Bolden and James White for playing time. Chances are good that other names will filter into that mix, however, and new faces could make it less likely that Brown sticks with the team until the start of the regular season.

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19 Responses to “Report: Patriots sign Donald Brown”
  1. clelek05 says: Mar 16, 2016 4:06 PM

    Now I am picking UCONN in all my brackets. Thanks Belichick. If you like him then so do I.

  2. leftlaneisforpassingonly says: Mar 16, 2016 4:07 PM

    He’ll never make the final roster.

  3. pastabelly says: Mar 16, 2016 4:07 PM

    There really isn’t much competition here for Dion Lewis. Brown will compete to back up Lewis.

  4. tedmurph says: Mar 16, 2016 4:22 PM

    Pats love to sign guys they liked coming out of college on the cheap. Cooper is in that category too. Maybe a winning environment, system fit, better coaching can make a difference. If not, no harm, no foul.

  5. markdepace says: Mar 16, 2016 4:23 PM

    uconn alum donald brown coming back home to NE

  6. beachsidejames says: Mar 16, 2016 4:47 PM

    Another nobody.

  7. tedmurph says: Mar 16, 2016 4:59 PM

    Another nobody joins the beachside nobody club. What are the Dolphins down to at this point ,their 6th RB option?

  8. davetrembley says: Mar 16, 2016 5:06 PM

    He was so much of a wasted roster spot on the Chargers- yes, the Chargers, that he only suited up for a few games.

  9. kissbillsrings says: Mar 16, 2016 5:06 PM

    I’m blown away by how many former 1st round players the Pats are getting at minimal risk/cost & huge potential/upside….hungry players just looking for a chance/change of scenery & a winning culture to allow them to succeed in the role that best suits their respective talents….excited to see if & how they pan out….. All this w/4 picks in the top 100 as well as having 12 overall picks in the draft…..
    Go Pats!!!!

  10. 6ball says: Mar 16, 2016 5:09 PM

    I’d always thought Brown was going to be a solid, every down NFL RB. So far I’ve been wrong. However, it’s like Belichick says about every newcomer, ” We’ll bring him in and see how it goes.”

  11. NinersRule says: Mar 16, 2016 5:13 PM

    He was terrible for the Chargers. No burst. No wiggle. Couldn’t really blame Telesco for signing him because he was pretty good in Indy, but they kept him on the roster even though he wasn’t producing.

  12. gem says: Mar 16, 2016 5:23 PM

    Got to figure out the Denver zone blocking, NE defense was emasculated in both match-ups in 2015.

    Get a back-up in, pick his brains, and let Ernie memorize and collate for game time advice.

  13. Hitdog18 says: Mar 16, 2016 5:23 PM

    ZERO chance he makes it to the regular season with the Pats

  14. terripet says: Mar 16, 2016 5:23 PM

    Keep adding those washed up players

  15. bradygirl12 says: Mar 16, 2016 5:28 PM

    Another one off the scrap heap…we’ll see.

  16. tattooit says: Mar 16, 2016 5:58 PM

    Camp body. No way he makes it through final cuts.

  17. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 16, 2016 7:29 PM

    Got to figure out the Denver zone blocking, NE defense was emasculated in both match-ups in 2015.

    Get a back-up in, pick his brains, and let Ernie memorize and collate for game time advice.


    I’m sure BB and Ernie already know more about DEN than DBrown ever did. Trolls are funny.

  18. boltergeist19 says: Mar 16, 2016 7:38 PM

    Solid guy and thought he could have done more if given the chance. He will be their pass catcher. Blocks well. Probably gets a ring too. GL DB.

  19. 1historian says: Mar 17, 2016 8:09 AM

    The Pats do this every year during the FA season.

    6 SB appearances, with 4 victories, 7 consecutive AFC East titles, I’ve forgotten how many times they’ve gotten to the AFC title game ( at least 10) in the last 15 years, and it seems as if every year there are at least 8 or 9 1st year players on the roster – as in rookies and undrafted free agents.

    Not to mention the undying hatred of Pats haters, who share one thing in common – they refuse to name the team they root for.

    BB must be doing something right.

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