April 15, 2010
This morning we saw how fast the Brandon Marshall deal happened upon signing his tender. No team has made any public inquiries, as of yet, but the same could happen with Ronnie Brown. Detriot, who is looking for someone to take pressure off Matthew Stafford, could be a possible suitor.
The Dolphins struggled running the formation last year after Brown went down for the year, so if the offense plans on keeping the same game plan, by all means keep him. But, I don't think the team wants to upset their new wide receiver by limiting the number of attempts he gets to make a play. So let's shake thing up.
Ricky Williams plans on retiring after this season. I'm sure your asking yourself, why get rid of Ronnie when Miami is going to lose Ricky next year? It's simple. Why lose Ricky to retirement and Ronnie to free agency with nothing in return?
Trading Ronnie Brown this year can pay dividends in the next two years. A first rounder in return for Brown is not impossible, but unlikely considering he is prone to injury (two season-ending injuries in three seasons). How about a 2011 and 2012 second rounder? How about the 2012 pick being conditional that can become a first-rounder if Brown doesn't get hurt and meets a certain performance criteria?
Last year, the New England Patriots used a combination of five running backs that combined for 1,792 yards. Lawrence Maroney led the team with 757 yards (3.9 avg). Sammy Morris (319 yds, 4.4 avg), Fred Taylor (269 yds, 4.3 avg), Kevin Faulk (333 yds, 5.4 avg) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (114 yds, 4.4 avg) combined for the remaining 1,035 yards. None of them are Pro-Bowl players or have the potential to start for another NFL team, but on a team with a vertical game, they are able to get through the tackles.
So, how much value does Ronnie Brown have? Is he worth more on the squad or as trading chip? One thing is for sure. Until Brown signs his tender with the Dolphins he will remain a Miami Dolphin. After that anything is possible.