Donald Brown Signs With Chargers


The San Diego Chargers finally made their first free agent signing of the offseason and they brought over Donald Brown from the Indianapolis Colts to play running back. Brown gets a 3-year deal worth $10.5 million with $4 million of it guaranteed. The Chargers now have the back that they can use if/when Ryan Mathews goes down with an injury.

Brown finished last season with 537 yards and averaged over 5 yards per carry. He also scored 6 touchdowns for the Colts. He is also a threat catching the football out of the backfield, he caught 27 passes out of the backfield last season. Brown will take over the spot that was held down by Ronnie Brown last season.

Donald Brown should be a nice back to bring in during games to give Ryan Mathews a break. He was the Colts best running back at the end of the year. They couldn’t keep him on their roster with Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw already on the roster, plus they are getting another back from injury.

The Chargers struggled in the playoff game against the Broncos because of the lack of production in the running game. Ryan Mathews was unable to play in the game and Ronnie Brown was not able to gain the yards that were needed. Donald Brown should be a much better choice. What does it mean for Ryan Mathews going forward though?

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  • vct

    lets trade for revis

    • blu3ny3llow

      Nah man just nah

      • vct

        rookie cbs can’t cover denver’s receivers all day, need a vet and best vet available at tis point is revis. imagine james jones going to denver….our current cbs cant cover much, you expect rookies are better?

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I would totally do that. If our secondary just needed some help, I would say no way.. but the plane has crashed into the God Damn mountain!!!

  • Garrett rich

    good pick up Mathews woodhead and now a better brown now i know mathews is no LT but this could be good like back with LT Turner and sproles

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      love the move.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Dude the only FA running back I wanted was Donald Brown. Perfect compliment too RM, love this signing. Too bad the Broncos had to get Talib at the same time bunch of jerks.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Me too… he was Mr first pick for free agency running backs in my article.. although, Gerhart would have been my second choice. They both got paid similarly, so I am happy we got my first choice. More draft picks!!!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      right. like they did that to steal our fun!

  • Eli Rodriguez

    This is great. I was thinking about brown but I thought he would be asking for more. I loved watching Brown last year. This should be fun to watch but we need DEFENSE! Our Offense wasn’t really a problem last year.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Can’t see us drafting a RB now which is cool, more picks for the D.

      • Eli Rodriguez

        Yeah but it’s kinda different. Drafting a rb would be a 3 or 4th rounder. The defensive talent that would still be on the board is significantly lower than the rbs. That’s only because for some reason rbs go that late. I don’t know I still love the move. Plus TT has worked Draft magic before. I still got faith in him.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Agreed.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        exactly. no need for a running back any more. need a kick returner, punt returner, wide receiver. golden tate.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i thought he would want more also. getting more of the pieces on offense can have us focus our draft on defense.

      • Eli Rodriguez

        Yeah I agree. I will feel alot better about this when we sign a good quality CB. If were able to sign Corey Graham next then we focus on drafting Nix 1st round. Then either Van Noy in the 2nd or Roby. I think we’d still have to trade up in the 2nd for both of them though. Our defense would be alot better. I doubt we get Van Noy though as much as I really want him.

  • kris

    Revis is better than any corner in the draft and will be for a least another 2-3years, Im all for it. Grab d thomas in the 3rd for special teams and pick up nix in the first.

  • Lee

    gonna be a great backfield heading into the next 3-4 years. as for mathews, it doesnt mean his job is in jeopardy, just means we need a viable backup for him. i think we should resign him after this season as well as woody. as for this revis stuff…it’s not gonna happen.

    • arnie

      Agreed.

    • Lee

      we do desperately need a veteran CB tho

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      not in jeopardy this season. but a free agent at the end of the year and the team may not need to bring him back

      • Stefanie Smith

        That’s if this Brown pans out as an actual difference maker. We don’t seem to have huge difference makers besides maybe Keenan Allen and he is still young. Like the media constantly puts out there, we are content with being average.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          he averaged over 5 yards per carry on an offense that had no offensive line.

  • arnie

    If this signing says anything, RM24 will not be holding the Chargers for ransom on big dollars. The other? The offense just got better, right now. See the defense, I still believe is a ways off from raising it’s game. With Brown that run game keeps on going, the chains keep moving, more pressure off Rivers, and more open looks down field.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      boom! love it.

  • Gunnar Martin

    I know a lot of people will disagree with me, but I have to say I’m disappointed. I have never been a fan of Brown. His style of play kinda bugs me for some reason, and I don’t really jump for joy at the thought of him being Ryan’s filler-in, especially if they over utilize him. And that’s a lot of money to give a running back these days, not to mention that he won’t even be the starter (right?!).

    Sorry to be do Debbie Downer here, but I think this is the first signing of TT’s that I have ever been very pessimistic about.

    • navw21

      Im not doing back flips or anything but I think this is a better option than Ronnie Brown. TT knows him well. Capable of being a #1 RB so a good option if RM24 goes down.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      He’s kind of a poor mans RM, I see your point though getting a RB in the draft would have been way cheaper.

  • Cgoodness13

    TT I know you read the comments and we love ya and this signing

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      hahahaha… sometimes i feel that they do. i know i would. just saying

      • Julien Bélair

        TT knows we lost in playoffs because Mathews was injured. It won’t happen again

  • Mark Viguri

    Stats look good, just don’t remember any big plays and that is $10.5 MIL for the 3rd string RB.

    • Julien Bélair

      the point is that he could be the number 1 back quickly if Mathews is injured

  • Preston Niedert

    If Revis is cut should the chargers pick him up yay or nay? He would be a Huge up grade and would be better pick up then Talib

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Yay.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        If he will take a Cox size contract yea

    • RZ

      I would “hope” so….

    • navw21

      nay. Best years are behind him. Plus he wants to renegotiate every year and hold out

  • RZ

    We’ll the back field is set….I’m wondering if they even pickup a NT FA? Broncos just signed Talib. It really sucks not having any cap room…smh!

    • Gunnar Martin

      Are you serious. They got Aquib freaking Talib too?! This offseason has really sucked so far.

      • navw21

        and they are the favorites to sign D. Ware per Adam Shefter

        • Gunnar Martin

          That’s my point. They’re just doing everything humanly possible to get me in a bad mood.

          • navw21

            Im already there. I hate the f’n Broncos, and that big toothed Donkey Elway

      • RZ

        6 year 57mil 26 guaranteed…

        • Gunnar Martin

          At least they’ll regret it in a few years…

          • RZ

            Haha..I’m hoping they regret it this year..

          • Gunnar Martin

            Even better

      • Sergio Quintero

        Winning the division is going to be a bitch of a challenge, not trying to be a downer but knowing that 5-6 seed is the probably the most you can hope for the season is not exactly awesome.

    • tubbs45

      Let’s just wait and see if they can keep the wheels on the wagon…

    • Stefanie Smith

      We have more cap room than the Saints and they put together a deal for Byrd. If the Chargers were going to do something, they would. No, we are going to watch all our opponents ramp up now and we will just sit there.

      • Preston Niedert

        Stefanie the chargers could make it up by sign three or four free agents perhaps there wating for a player to be released. The market is calming down the first wave is over the second wave begins tommrrow the chargers could sign DRC away from the donkeys that would be a nice pick up and way to stick to the donkeys for signing Vasquez.

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    I wish we could have used that money somewhere else.
    Come on Telesco

    • Gunnar Martin

      TOTALLY with you here. Come on indeed.

    • Lee

      i wouldnt trip. its not that expensive of a signing and has big upside

      • Gunnar Martin

        3 mill a year for a 2A running back? That is expensive.

        • Lee

          eh considering how much offensive players are signing for these days it could be worse

          • Gunnar Martin

            But running backs keep taking lower and lower deals because their value is declining so much. Brown is really going to have to prove his worth to get me on his good side.

  • blu3ny3llow

    Now can we get Paul Soliai for cheap plz!!!

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      lol

    • Gunnar Martin

      Falcons…

      • blu3ny3llow

        Wait what…noooo!!

        • Gunnar Martin

          That was my reaction too. Not in the best spirits at the moment.

  • Cgoodness13

    Anyone know how accurate this site is?http://www.spotrac.com/cap-tracker/nfl/

  • Lee

    god damn the broncos are going superbowl or bust this year with all the FA’s theyre signing

    • Gunnar Martin

      I hope every single one of them dies or something. Gah!

  • navw21

    The way FA has started I think we are gonna be major players for Louis Nix III in the first round. I just hope we can sign a CB like Tarell Brown in FA and then draft a corner as well.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Green Bay is still ahead of us and I don’t think they’ve replaced Raji yet, have they? That’s the biggest contender we have for getting Nix right now.

      • navw21

        Raji hasn’t re-signed with them.

        • Gunnar Martin

          I meant have they signed anybody else to take his spot? If not, then I wouldn’t bank on getting Nix.

          • navw21

            Hopefully with Ra’Shede Hageman, Aaron Donald, and Timmy Jernigan better suited to the 4-3 Nix drops to us.

      • Sergio Quintero

        The bears run defense was downright atrocious they have to be an option as well.

        • boltingindiego

          i see them picking donald at 15 or the fsu dt. 15 seems high for nix.

          • Sergio Quintero

            If the priority is shoring up the run defense Nix has to be an option, the other 2 are much better pass rushers.

          • boltingindiego

            which they need to replace melton who was their pass rusher dt. also with him gone hurt their run d.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Just to remind you how bad the bears run defense was, they averaged giving up 161 yards per game, and 5.3 yards per carry, this isn’t a weakness, this is a dumpster fire/train wreck of a weakness.

      • boltingindiego

        i see either gb going after a saferty or a nt even a te to replace finley.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      I would hate to have to move up to get Nix too, Maybe I need to start warming up to that idea now. Haven’t been a fan of his thus far.

      • Lee

        hopefully aaron donald is still available by the 25th pick. hes a beast

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          Not for Pages defense he’s too small

        • navw21

          No way he makes it to 25. Not after the combine performance he had.

          • Lee

            yea i figured…

        • blu3ny3llow

          He would be more of a DE in a 3-4

  • blu3ny3llow

    So are we still in it for Mitchell…or did I miss something else

    • Gunnar Martin

      Miami

    • Lee

      he signed with miami today

    • blu3ny3llow

      Never mind !!!!

  • RZ

    Henry Melton NT would be a nice pick up…and probably affordable due to being injured..he was a Beast before he got injured last season..I’m just trying to find some hope in this FA season… :-/

    • Lee

      im not entirely sure but i think hes more of a 4-3 type guy

    • boltingindiego

      he played as a 4-3 dt in chi town

    • Sergio Quintero

      Supposedly the release of Ware by the cowboys was to open up money to get Melton signed.

    • navw21

      The only real NT left in FA is Terrance Cody of the Ravens. Been an underachiever his whole career. Doesn’t move well and has no motor.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Aubrayo Franklin, already played well in this system, definite upgrade to the train wreck that Cam Thomas was.

      • RZ

        I thought the BOLTZ would have gone for a NT at least in FA and draft a CB in the 1st round..guess I can only wait and see now.

        • Sergio Quintero

          That was exactly my expectation, the NT options after Nix are rather unimpressive, so going into draft with a Nix or bust mentality is not a warm and fuzzy feeling.

          And put you in the even more uncomfortable have to trade up to get my guy situation.

      • Gunnar Martin

        There’s also Raji and a couple other low-tier guys. Not a fantastic market though.

  • 619rockstar

    Ok signing, coulda used him in that bronco game

  • Preston Niedert

    Raji is the best NT on the market right or is there someone else? Telesco is up to something big any thoughts on what it might be?

    • Sergio Quintero

      Let the market settle and buy in the walmart section of free agents.

      The most likely options Pickett, Franklin or Cam Thomas.

      • Preston Niedert

        Look at what the saints did they were in cap hell like us and they signed Byrd yet they can’t sign graham to a long term deal that messed up

        • Sergio Quintero

          Preston I’m not saying its my strategy, its my interpretation of free agency is evil, Bill Polian is my mentor, that Telesco happens to be.

          • Preston Niedert

            I hear you there were plenty of NT today and the chargers did nothing but sign a RB and maybe a ILB that’s hardley a free angecy to me. Also the no cap room exquise is getting old they could found a way signa big free agent.

          • Sergio Quintero

            At this moment they have almost 70 million in cap room for next year, you backload the deal and you get it done.

            According overthecap, the chargers have 66 million in assigned salaries for 2015, the cap in 2014 is 133 million, the number should rise in 2015. They will have key free agents: Mathews, Liuget, Wright, Gilchrist, Woodhead. But still be creative, lets make a championship run, clearly the Broncos are.

          • Preston Niedert

            Maybe tomorrow the chargers sign some free agents as in more the one lol

  • Pels04

    I like the signing. I was thinking it wasnt worth it to bring in a RB unless they can handle the load if Mathews goes down. DB can do that. At the very least hes going to provide healthy competition at the RB position which is Mathews hasnt had to worry about his entire career.

  • Pels04

    Now Demarcus Ware is scheduled to visit the Broncos. Welp hes going to be a Bronco by the time we go to work tomorrow. Damnit

    • Sergio Quintero

      It sure sounds like we are playing for the 5-6 seed next year, the defense has to make a massive improvement to catch the Broncos and their 12-14 wins they are going to get.

      • Pels04

        Youre absolutely right. But hey, i dont care what seed we are as long as we are in!

        • Sergio Quintero

          Still chasing that dream season like the Seattle fans just had, but at the end of the day it is about making the playoffs, but the 3 road game route is not an easy road with possible visits to Denver & New England.

      • Julien Bélair

        calm down he was not good last year anyway

        • Sergio Quintero

          Not exactly getting the comment Julien, you mean Manning wasn’t good in the playoffs, or the regular season.

          My point to my comment, is that to win the division the chargers are chasing the broncos, and they seem to be getting farther away.

          Not surprised in the chargers actions, I am dissapointed the chargers haven’t reacted to the Broncos sudden all in mentality, if the Patriots get Revis on their roster that would be reaction to the Talib signing.

          • Julien Bélair

            Ware was not good last season at least not 10 millions good

          • Sergio Quintero

            No argument definitely overpaid

          • Julien Bélair

            I’ll say it like this ware and miller is not scarier than miller and phillips.

  • 619rockstar

    I know telesco gonna sign a vet cb and draft cb in 1st round

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      agreed

  • Preston Niedert

    DRC get screwed over should sign with the chargers as fuck you to broncos and stick to them lamo

    • boltingindiego

      i hope we sign drc dude is durable and has size/ speed.

  • 619rockstar

    DRC is better than any of the corners we have

    • Gunnar Martin

      I would be so ecstatic if we signed him. I recall how much I hated it when he would have perfect defense on one of our receivers last year, and it was often. Great player. Honestly, I would rather have him than Talib. Let’s make the Donkeys pay for it. Pleeeeaaaasssse Tommy Boy???

  • Per Ola Öberg

    God dammit Donald!

    • Gunnar Martin

      I remember this. Makes me laugh every time. He deserved it too.

      • Per Ola Öberg

        haha, yea its really funny. First thing that came to my mind when I saw the news.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Great. Now Denver has Talib and bringing in Ware. And we do nothing.

    • Julien Bélair

      and tj ward

  • vct

    Need to work out a crazy package deal with the bucs to bring Jackson and revis to SD!!!!! Get on it TT!

    • Sergio Quintero

      It would be nice dream, but incredibly out of character, I’m hoping there with you