Just minutes before the trade deadline, the Philadelphia Eagles shipped running back Ronnie Brown to the Detroit Lions for running back Jerome Harrison and a seventh round draft pick in 2013.
Brown, a former Pro Bowler, has barely played for the Eagles this season, and when he has, he’s been extremely ineffective. He has carried the ball 13 times for 38 yards and no touchdowns.
Brown will serve as a complimentary running back to Jahvid Best, who is questionable for week seven after suffering his second concussion of the season.
Brown was the second overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft but has definitely had a disappointing career. At 29 years old, he will probably never start in the NFL again.
In return for Brown, the Eagles received Jerome Harrison. This marks the second time that the Eagles have traded for Jerome Harrison within the last year.
Last year, they sent running back Mike Bell to Cleveland for Harrison. Harrison ended up averaging 6.0 yards per carry on 40 runs last season, the highest average by an Eagles running back with at least 40 carries in 50 years. His biggest game was an 11-carry, 109-yard, one-touchdown performance in a 59-28 blowout victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football last season.
He will be the primary backup running back to LeSean McCoy. Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly states that the Eagles probably wouldn’t have made this trade if they didn’t have confidence in rookie running back Dion Lewis, who has seven carries for 31 yards this season.