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Donald Brown | Running Back | #34

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/11/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 205
College: Connecticut
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (27) / IND
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Patriots released RB Donald Brown.
New England also moved on from veterans CB E.J. Biggers and DE Frank Kearse. Brown was expected to be a strong competitor for a roster spot after landing $300,000 guaranteed on his one-year deal, but he spent most of training camp on the sidelines with an undisclosed injury. With Brown now out of the picture, Tyler Gaffney has a good shot to crack the final 53. Tue, Aug 23, 2016 09:27:00 AM

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Patriots.com's Andy Hart believes RB Donald Brown needs a strong training camp to stick on the roster.

Brown reportedly worked mostly with the passing backs during the offseason, meaning he will likely have to beat out 2014 fourth-rounder James White for a roster spot behind Dion Lewis. That seems unlikely after White came on strong down the stretch last season, but New England did guarantee almost a third of Brown's $965,000 contract. With LeGarrette Blount's (hip) health in question, it is possible both White and Brown stick around.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 11:09:00 AM

The Boston Globe's Ben Volin reports RB Donald Brown's contract with the Patriots includes $300,000 guaranteed.

That is a significant chunk of his one-year, $965,000 deal. The high percentage of guaranteed money does not ensure Brown will be on the roster Week 1, but it makes it seem like the Patriots plan on him sticking around and contributing throughout the season. Brown managed just 751 total yards and one touchdown in 22 games with the Chargers, but he had periods of effectiveness with the Colts from 2009-13. It would not be a complete shock if he carved out a role behind Dion Lewis.
Sat, Mar 19, 2016 09:57:00 AM

Patriots signed RB Donald Brown to a one-year contract.

Brown was a No. 3 back with San Diego last year, but had two late season starts in place of an injured Melvin Gordon. He's managed only 3.1 YPC on 144 carries the past two years. In New England, Brown will compete for a pass-down role with Dion Lewis and James White. 28-year-old Brown isn't a lock for the Week 1 roster.
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 04:10:00 PM

Chargers released RB Donald Brown.

Going on 29, Brown has averaged an anemic 3.13 yards on 144 carries over the past two seasons. He's a versatile back who helps out in all phases of the game, but you can't last on a 53-man roster barely averaging three yards per tote. His no-brainer release creates $3.5 million in cap space.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 02:36:00 PM

Donald Brown rushed 21 times for 81 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for 10 yards in the Chargers' Week 17 loss to the Broncos.

Brown started the final two games of the season after Melvin Gordon was sent to injured reserve. Prior to Week 15, Brown had played just 27 offensive snaps. But over the final three weeks, Brown carried the ball 47 times. On the season, he rushed 59 times for 229 yards (3.9 YPC) and one touchdown, while posting an 8-88-0 receiving line. Brown is a fine veteran depth piece, but he's scheduled to earn a $3 million salary in 2016 and is due a $500K roster bonus. The 29-year-old (in April) will likely be released to clear $3.5 million against the cap.
Mon, Jan 4, 2016 12:46:00 AM

Donald Brown rushed 14 times for 17 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 16 loss to the Raiders, adding three catches for 33 additional yards.

Brown was extremely ineffective, and finally replaced between the tackles by Danny Woodhead in the fourth quarter. With San Diego journeying to Denver in Week 17, Brown will be the most desperate of RB4s against the league's best defense.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 12:59:00 AM

Donald Brown rushed 12 times for 90 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for 14 yards in the Chargers' Week 15 win over the Dolphins.

As Melvin Gordon (knee) left in the second quarter and did not return, Brown took over as the Chargers' primary ball carrier. He finished with 14 touches, the same workload as Danny Woodhead. If Gordon can't play in Week 16 against the Raiders, Brown will be in the lower-end flex discussion.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 08:03:00 PM

Donald Brown rushed seven times for 26 yards and caught his lone target for 31 yards in the Chargers' Week 13 loss to the Broncos.

Because Melvin Gordon fumbled twice -- losing one -- and was benched in the second half, Brown handled more work than usual in a committee with Danny Woodhead. Brown remains the Chargers' third-string back, and his role isn't "growing." He can be left on waiver wires in all fantasy leagues.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 08:11:00 PM

Chargers re-signed RB Donald Brown and waived OL Michael Ola.

The Chargers needed Ola in Week 4 against the Browns because they were short three starting offensive linemen. For now, at least, Ola's departure suggests the Chargers anticipate at least getting one of the O-Linemen back for Week 5 against the Steelers. Brown, 28, returns as San Diego's No. 4 running back behind Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead, and Branden Oliver.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 05:13:00 PM

Chargers released RB Donald Brown.

Brown was inactive the first three games as the No. 4 running back. With three injured starters on the offensive line, the Chargers needed his roster spot. The move clears Brown's $3 million salary, but San Diego will pay $1.83M in dead money. The Chargers reportedly plan to re-sign Brown next week.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 04:42:00 PM

Chargers declared RB Donald Brown, OLB Jerry Attaochu, WR Dontrelle Inman, OG Johnnie Troutman, OLB Tourek Williams, CB Craig Mager and NT Ryan Carrethers inactive for Week 1 against the Lions.

Brown will need an injury to Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead or Branden Oliver to be active on game days. With Attaochu out, fifth-round pick Kyle Emanuel will get the start at outside linebacker.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 02:43:00 PM

GM Tom Telesco insisted Wednesday RB Donald Brown will return in 2015.

Telesco signed Brown to a three-year, $10.5M contract a year ago. The ex-Colt proceeded to rush for just 223 yards on 85 carries (2.62 YPC) in 13 games, even though Danny Woodhead went down for the year in Week 3. Brown is due a $3M base salary in 2015, but would cost the Chargers $1.1M in dead money to cut. It's worth noting that Ryan Mathews is an unrestricted free agent.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 02:24:00 PM

Donald Brown rushed 10 times for 39 yards in Week 17 against the Chiefs.

Brown played behind Branden Oliver, but got the majority of third down work. He was a major free-agent bust after the Chargers gave him a $3.25 million signing bonus this offseason, rushing for just 262 yards on 95 carries and missing two games to injury. Brown is due a $3 million base salary in 2015 and unlikely to be back. The Chargers would lose $1.1 million in dead money by releasing Brown as a post-June 1 cut.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:37:00 PM

Donald Brown rushed four times for 12 yards Week 16 against the 49ers.

Brown was the clear second option to Branden Oliver, and even lost some pass-game work to Ronnie Brown late in the game. Brown is not a viable fantasy option even if Ryan Mathews (ankle) cannot play Week 17 against the Chiefs.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 12:46:00 AM

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