Free agency hasn't been too kind to running back Andre Brown (New York Giants), who has received little interest from around the league despite an early visit with the Oakland Raiders. However, that is poised to change on Monday when the former fourth-round pick (2009) meets with the Houston Texans.
With Ben Tate now a member of the Cleveland Browns, the Texans find themselves in need of a back-up for their lead man, Adrian Foster. And with precious little left on the market, Brown offers a potentially huge upside. Despite his history with injuries, he's always been relatively successful on the field, averaging 4.1 yards per carry for his career, while offering solid pass protection and a receiving threat out of the backfield.
Unfortunately for Brown, it's the injuries that have prevented him from a long-term deal and big money. It's also what caused him to become such a young journeyman, bouncing around from the Giants to the Denver Broncos to the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins and, ultimately, landing him back with the Giants all over the span of five NFL seasons.
Even in 2013, which was anticipated to be his first fully-healthy season, Brown suffered a broken leg in the final game of the preseason, causing him to start the year on temporary Injured Reserve (IR). Brown ultimately finished the season with 139 carries for 492 yards and three touchdowns.
If he can finally put his injuries woes behind him, landing in a place like Houston might be the ideal scenario for him.
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