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John Spanos: Donald Brown is a “perfect Patriots signing”

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24: Running back Donald Brown #34 of the San Diego Chargers looks to evade cornerback DJ Hayden #25 of the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum on December 24, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) Getty Images

Over the Bill Belichick years in New England, the Patriots have had several players join their team and become more productive than they were in a previous stop.

Chargers president John Spanos thinks one of this year’s pickups may fit the bill. It’s running back Donald Brown, who averaged 3.1 yards on 144 carries during two seasons in San Diego.

“He is such a perfect Patriots signing,” Spanos said, via CSNNewEngland.com. “I would bet anything he’s going to be a productive player for them.”

Spanos and the rest of the Chargers brass obviously didn’t think Brown was going to be any more productive for them than he was the last two years because they released him in March. The Chargers paid him $7 million before parting ways, much more than the $965,000 the Patriots will spend if Brown makes the team this season. The Patriots guaranteed him $300,000, which should buy a few chances to prove Spanos right in the preseason.

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  1. key2heat says: Mar 20, 2016 3:51 PM

    Does that mean he wont snitch with Brady shows how they cheat?

  2. patriotsr1 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:08 PM

    wow get a life key2heat

  3. jimmylikesthat says: Mar 20, 2016 4:08 PM

    Ha,ha. You made a funny key2heat. So, so clever

  4. vpettijohnjr says: Mar 20, 2016 4:09 PM

    I’m honestly not sure how Brown is still in the league. He just doesn’t have it.

  5. 3menandablog says: Mar 20, 2016 4:10 PM

    Translation: Mike McCoy isn’t a good coach

  6. thewarison2001 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:18 PM

    Key2heat did exactly what Goodell & the NFL did.

    Key2Heat was so excited to troll he forgot to proofread his comment that he formed something that looks like a sentence, but makes no sense and when examined later on is a glaring & embarrassing mistake.

    Goodell & The NFL rushed to judge Pats on Deflategate before knowing what the Ideal Gas Law was and hence is left with a “scandal” that makes no sense & shows the ignorance & bias of the League Office.

    Part of me also thinks key2heat is Goodell.

  7. socalcharger says: Mar 20, 2016 4:19 PM

    Oline has been injured entire time brown was a charger. The mistake was giving brown all that money when the majority of running backs are useless without good blocking

  8. mongo3401 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:37 PM

    What SoCal charger said. You can’t run with no Oline

  9. proudchowdahead13 says: Mar 20, 2016 4:43 PM

    The Patriots are always being accused of cheating. I can’t ever remember reading about an ex players saying anything about them cheating. once they leave the team, no reason to be quiet.

  10. truthinesshurts says: Mar 20, 2016 4:43 PM

    Brown signing might be the death knell for James White who, while the Patriots OLine did him no favors, seemed to go down too easily upon contact.

  11. ranesmith says: Mar 20, 2016 4:47 PM

    Nice pick up the uconn player is coming back up north.go pats

  12. uglydingo says: Mar 20, 2016 4:51 PM

    This made me smile. Even other owners can’t help but acknowledge the superiority of Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
    When one team can make consistently better decisions re player personnel, then it isn’t luck. 31 teams playing checkers but Belichick is playing chess. Taking the 1st round Draft pick away over alleged ball tampering, just pushed Bill to play a bit smarter.

  13. axltcu says: Mar 20, 2016 4:59 PM

    2 careers fumbles, neither lost. that is why the Pats signed him.

  14. a072455 says: Mar 20, 2016 5:00 PM

    proudchowahead13……. Only one who Tattle Tale was ManGenius who embraced the Jets way and tattle about spygate. How else was he going to get an advantage. We all saw what a HOF coach he was while with the Jets. LOL

    Anyways, hope he is another Dion Lewis….. without the injuries….

  15. THX 138 says: Mar 20, 2016 5:08 PM

    John Spanos would know the difference between a football and a Hula Hoop.

  16. 6ball says: Mar 20, 2016 5:10 PM

    .
    Brown brings the following skills to the Patriots :

    A. Very good at blitz pickup
    B. Doesn’t fumble often
    C. Above average receiving skills
    D. Decent runner when he has decent blocking

    The Patriots rarely have a RB that has over 100 yards per game, as they use the short passing game to supplement their running game.
    .

  17. tylawspick6 says: Mar 20, 2016 5:12 PM

    Brown has the IQ, which is good, and he seems humble with no ego, which is also good.

    He can run inside and out decently, block well which is big, and catch pretty good.

    At worst, he’s a cheap camp body and a veteran who can help in spots.

    Maybe playing in NE, however, he emerges as a better player?

  18. lanman11 says: Mar 20, 2016 5:13 PM

    truthinesshurts says:
    Mar 20, 2016 4:43 PM
    Brown signing might be the death knell for James White who, while the Patriots OLine did him no favors, seemed to go down too easily upon contact.
    **********************************************

    I seem to recall the same was said about Kevin Faulk his first few years before he became Mr. Go To…..

  19. squeakywheeler says: Mar 20, 2016 5:19 PM

    I wasn’t aware he got $7 mil from the Chargers. Didn’t think his resume with the Colts would have yielded that much. He’ll be better in NE though & the price is right.

  20. bstnboy says: Mar 20, 2016 5:25 PM

    3.1 yards per carry on a team that had did not have a very good o-line.

    With Hogan and Bennett on board to go along with Edelman and Gronk, a revamped o-line and Dante back as O-line coach, expect a ton of offense this year.

    Who needs a 1st round draft pick when you can get find quality down to 6th round level?

  21. kyblue33 says: Mar 20, 2016 5:43 PM

    Brown leads the league in east-west yardage, will hold on to the an underinflated ball, and will be injured a lot. But he is cheap!

  22. daytontriangles says: Mar 20, 2016 5:46 PM

    When you are a veteran player and sign with the Patriots, one of two things happen.

    1: You look like a superstar for the first time in your career and the team that let you go looks like a bunch of idiots.

    2: You fail to perform and you quickly become a bench warmer, followed by getting your walking papers.

  23. abninf says: Mar 20, 2016 5:47 PM

    proudchowdahead13 says:

    The Patriots are always being accused of cheating.
    =====================================

    The head coach was fined half a million dollars for it.

  24. geronimojr19 says: Mar 20, 2016 6:10 PM

    Forget about deflategate!!!! I just want to know why Goddell destroyed the Spygate tapes.

  25. pbinpb57 says: Mar 20, 2016 6:37 PM

    geronimojr19 says:
    Mar 20, 2016 6:10 PM
    Forget about deflategate!!!! I just want to know why Goddell destroyed the Spygate tapes.
    ================

    Ask Jay Glazer.

  26. oiler1980 says: Mar 20, 2016 6:39 PM

    Forget the Spygate tapes.

    I wanna know why Booth shot Lincoln!

    How far back you wanna go?

  27. jmdanieli says: Mar 20, 2016 6:42 PM

    SUMMARY: On September 17, 2004, the league announced that, for the second time in three years, the Denver Broncos were fined nearly a million dollars and would, once again, lose their third-round draft pick because of salary cap violations between 1996 and 1998.

    Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis contended that the Broncos’ circumvention of the salary cap helped them win the Super Bowl in the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
    ———————————————————
    Some posters seem to be confusing Denver with New England!!

  28. dodgerlakerfan1969 says: Mar 20, 2016 6:43 PM

    Geronimojr, maybe because there was no tapes and it was all orchestrated by the league and the Patriots to create controversy. The NFL and ESPN don’t employ the country’s top psychologists for nothing. It’s to get all the morons to get addicted to the NFL through mixed emotions. It’s easy to fool the morons and lead the sheep. It’s not a surprise to some that the league becomes more profitable year after year. Ever since Goodell took over their profits have soared. Deflategate is more of the same. Ever wonder why the most hated boxer of All time is also the highest earner of all time. Hmmm. Maybe it pays to be hated. All sports need a villain. This is probably above your head. It’s not about money, right? Lol.

  29. skippyhandleman says: Mar 20, 2016 7:00 PM

    John Wilkes Booth was a southern sympathizer who had built a hatred of Lincoln up to the point of insanity. He thought he would be a hero for killing what he viewed as an evil tyrant. *drops mic*

  30. imodan says: Mar 20, 2016 7:08 PM

    geronimojr19 says:
    Mar 20, 2016 6:10 PM

    Forget about deflategate!!!! I just want to know why Goddell destroyed the Spygate tapes.
    ———————————————–
    Probably because they showed the opposing team’s cameras pointing right back at them. Everyone knows all teams look to gain advantages. It’s the perennial losers who just plain suck at it.

  31. kissbillsrings says: Mar 20, 2016 7:12 PM

    Time will soon tell how picking h up will work out…. Not expecting a lot of production out of him but I do see him filling a void & doing his part to keep the offense on the field either thru blocking or pass optioig out of the backfield….
    Pats lost their 1st rounder this year but have already signed 4 former 1st round picks of other teams to add depth, leadership & potential compensatory pics if they succeed in the Pats system & decide to move on to another team during free agency….
    Smart Smart Smart!!!

  32. oiler1980 says: Mar 20, 2016 7:21 PM

    *picks mic up* It wasn’t really a question.

    *throws mic in the same dumpster fire as the Spygate tapes*

  33. jag1959 says: Mar 20, 2016 7:28 PM

    thewarison2001 says:
    Mar 20, 2016 4:18 PM
    Key2heat did exactly what Goodell & the NFL did.

    Key2Heat was so excited to troll he forgot to proofread his comment that he formed something that looks like a sentence, but makes no sense and when examined later on is a glaring & embarrassing mistake.
    ________________

    Premature exclamation. Apparently the opportunity to be first gets some trolls over excited. Maybe it’s similar to what goes on at bspn, it’s more important to them to be first than to be correct.

  34. gosox9876 says: Mar 20, 2016 7:52 PM

    What’s it gonna be this year: the goal posts were too far apart? their spikes were too long? Maybe, kids, they simply don’t beat themselves. Maybe they practice hard and on the right situations. Gonna enjoy several more big time winning seasons for the NE Patriots, Bill B, and Tom Brady!!

  35. ikeclanton says: Mar 20, 2016 8:29 PM

    kyblue33 says:
    Mar 20, 2016 5:43 PM
    Brown leads the league in east-west yardage, will hold on to the an underinflated ball, and will be injured a lot. But he is cheap!

    ——–

    The only properly inflated balls in the 2015 season were most likely Patriots game balls, under more scrutiny than all due to simply being accused by teams that lose to them constantly. You can accuse anyone of anything–doesn’t make one lick of it true.

    Didn’t seem to slow Brady and the Patriots down one bit as everyone noticed. Hmmmm…..

    Doesn’t it make you think there was nothing to this at all? Just a little?

  36. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Mar 20, 2016 8:38 PM

    The Patriots are super bowl favorites this year. Just felt like hearing some heads explode. Thanks.

  37. cwludwig says: Mar 20, 2016 8:39 PM

    We all know the real reason…
    To Extract information from him about the Indianapolis Colts!
    New England Patriots = Cheaters

  38. hehateme2 says: Mar 20, 2016 8:43 PM

    Forever Cheaters****

  39. riverhorsey says: Mar 20, 2016 8:52 PM

    Charger ran him less than 4.5 times a game in two years and paid him 3.5 million a year.

    Brown is an extremely good player and will prove it in NE.

  40. cwludwig says: Mar 20, 2016 9:21 PM

    Its the Patriot way to always inform all mortals and remind them that all their decisions are brilliant!

  41. youknowiknowitall says: Mar 20, 2016 9:23 PM

    We all know the real reason…
    To Extract information from him about the Indianapolis Colts!
    —————-
    Based on the scoreboard in recent years, it’s safe to say that NE has IND pretty much figured out already.

  42. cwludwig says: Mar 20, 2016 9:34 PM

    Based on the scoreboard in recent years, it’s safe to say that NE has IND pretty much figured out already
    ———————————————————-
    New Kool-Aid Coupon: Packets, Only $0.15 at Kroger and Walmart!

  43. cwludwig says: Mar 20, 2016 9:45 PM

    John Spanos in No Billy Beane!

  44. nhpats says: Mar 20, 2016 9:49 PM

    proudchowdahead13 says:
    Mar 20, 2016 4:43 PM
    The Patriots are always being accused of cheating. I can’t ever remember reading about an ex players saying anything about them cheating. once they leave the team, no reason to be quiet.
    ———
    What’s interesting too is that when you ask them to enumerate “the cheating” they got nothing other than spygate. Of course some fools cite the tuck rule!

  45. DrinkingTheDeliciousTearsOfTheHaters says: Mar 20, 2016 10:11 PM

    Spygate. What a joke. Games are won and lost between the lines. Any player that blames a loss on a video camera or a CD should be forced to give up his man-card.

    Permanently.

  46. veddermn8 says: Mar 20, 2016 10:31 PM

    geronimojr19 says:
    Mar 20, 2016 6:10 PM
    Forget about deflategate!!!! I just want to know why Goddell destroyed the Spygate tapes.

    …….

    Goodell allowed the media to view them beforehand.

  47. NinersRule says: Mar 20, 2016 10:34 PM

    And when Brown gets cut this summer Cheat Fan will tell everybody what a genius Bill was for not keeping him.

  48. patsfiend says: Mar 20, 2016 10:42 PM

    September can’t get here fast enough. Ye Gods, what a bunch of nonsense on this string.

  49. gp1390r says: Mar 20, 2016 11:18 PM

    Unless Brown has improved his pass blocking skills dramatically since his Colt days, that isn’t one of the reasons he was signed. Anyone remember the video of Manning saying “God****it, Donald!!” after Brown whiffed a block and caused Manning to have to scramble and abandon the play? Yeah, that happened a lot. He was a good change of pace back, and in his final year in Indy (the terrible Richardson trade year) he was forced into the starting role and did pretty well. But pass blocking was not his forte.

  50. truthinesshurts says: Mar 21, 2016 12:02 AM

    +++++++++++
    I seem to recall the same was said about Kevin Faulk his first few years before he became Mr. Go To…..
    +++++++++++
    Maybe so. I don’t remember that, but I do remember him being very shifty and fumbling too much in his first year or two until he learned how to carry the ball more securely. And yes, he became Mr. Clutch when a big play was needed – loved having him on the team. I don’t think anyone is confusing James White’s “shiftiness” or lack thereof with Kevin Faulk or Dion Lewis. I’d say White compares better with Donald Brown in build and running style, but he’s had a couple of years to show something with very few flashes of brilliance, and many moments of disappointment.

  51. atthemurph says: Mar 21, 2016 8:18 AM

    Never understood why the Colts didn’t play him more. He was always the best RB on their roster but they found ways not to use him.

  52. rootpain says: Mar 21, 2016 8:21 AM

    Spygate doesn’t exist. It never did. Tapes don’t exist. They never did. But if they did exist, which the US government denies, they would be stored at Area 51 in Nevada.
    Humm, now that you mention it, isn’t it unusual that Goodell was born in 1959, just a few short years after the Top Secret, Non-existent, alien raising, Area 51 was first developed by the military. And only 90 miles or so from Las Vegas. Maybe that’s why Goodell won’t allow anything to get established there…. too close to his breeding grounds?
    And maybe thats why Goodell has been in denial all these years about concussions. Maybe he and the others bred at Area 51 don’t have brains to worry about? And the whole Deflate gate thing? Of course Goodell would be aware of advanced experiments using substances that look and feel like air but are not impacted by weather conditions. And of course, the reason he hasn’t been fired yet, is he can’t be, by Presidential edict.
    Who would have thunk it? That Roger Goodell was all a part of our National Security plans?

  53. boltergeist19 says: Mar 21, 2016 10:15 AM

    John do us a favor, this is possible your last chance to score big with the city you want to be in. So draft the right guys that can make an immediate impact and not develop players for 3 years from now. We don’t have time. The 1st two picks have to be starters and if you can move back from 3 to seven and get another 2 then do it cause that should mean 3 starters. I = A De. 2. A center. 3. An ILB or WR ( Teo is always hurt) karma from the girlfriend

    The last 5 picks can be 2 OL, a qb, a te, and whatever you don’t draft at 3.

    Not counting the 3-5 players you will get as UFA that always make the team.

    This is year 4, you should be making the move up in your division. And you are said last year was about injuries and the team lost 4-5 games on last play so if they are that good an injury free this year we should at least be 10-6 maybe 11-5 with that last place schedule. # showmeyourbolt

  54. orrnumberfour says: Mar 21, 2016 11:44 AM

    Mar 20, 2016 10:31 PM

    geronimojr19 says:
    Mar 20, 2016 6:10 PM
    Forget about deflategate!!!! I just want to know why Goddell destroyed the Spygate tapes.

    …….

    Goodell allowed the media to view them beforehand.

    …………..

    Right. I personally saw the show where they showed the tapes. It showed the camera taping a sideline coach holding up two fingers to signify “Cover 2”. This was done in front of 80,000 people in the stands.

    Not a big deal. Spygate = most overblown non-story in the history of history.

  55. pftwstbshmc says: Mar 21, 2016 12:09 PM

    rootpain – OMG….

    I should not have been eating lunch when reading your post. Nearly choked from laughing.

    One of the best things I have read for a comment in a long time. Well done.

  56. gp1390r says: Mar 21, 2016 2:20 PM

    Never understood why the Colts didn’t play him more. He was always the best RB on their roster but they found ways not to use him.
    ————————————————————————-
    No he wasn’t, until later in his career with the Colts. Joe Addai was the better overall RB. Brown was terrible at pass blocking. Heck of a runner, but when Manning was there they didn’t do much of that. They passed a lot, and Brown was a liability in that area. His best season was 2013, bc our bonehead GM traded for Trent Richardson. But I hope he has a good season, he is a good dude

  57. buckyhamm says: Mar 22, 2016 11:36 AM

    $7 million for a part time RB… Brilliant Deano

  58. bcgreg says: Mar 22, 2016 6:54 PM

    While we’re talking about the Lincoln assassination and John Wilkes Booth, Brady’s and the Pats’ names are mud. No matter what proof comes out of no wrong doing, they will never shake the beliefs of the ignoramuses.

  59. jddre says: Mar 24, 2016 2:12 PM

    1) At least 8 other teams were identified as doing the same exact videotaping that NE did.
    2) AFTER the deflategate game, how did NE destroy Indy? Defaltegate was a NON issue.
    3) SD is a pass-first team, to expect Donald Brown to run like Adrian Peterson is a farce, kinda like expecting Malcom Floyd to play like Calvin Johnson did or Julio Jones does.

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