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?