The chances Ronnie Brown signs a multi-year deal to stay in Miami this offseason seem like a long shot at the moment. Don't expect that to change either, as Ronnie has already made it clear he doesn't plan on holding out, has been hurt in every season he has been in the league, with the exception being 2008, the same year the Dolphins had a relatively empty injury report week in and week out, and he is now 28 years old.
No, in all likelihood, Ronnie is going to have to ink that one-year tender, and put himself in a play for pay situation. Will the Dolphins finally reward Ronnie next offseason by giving him his long term deal, and lock up a top ten talent at running back for the next three or four years?
First off, let me just say, if Ronnie gets hurt again, he's as good as gone in my opinion. This front office doesn't tolerate injuries, and truth be told, they are already probably fed up with Brown, and would have dealt him this offseason if the compensation was right.
The term injury prone is defined as simply Ronnie Brown in Websters, but is that even a real, let's say, syndrome, or just a misfortune case of bad luck? Are Ronnie's knee ligaments and bones really more fragile than the next guy? That doesn't sound like a feasible theory to me, but then again, it can't be simply a coincidence that guys like Ronnie and Bob Sanders from the Colts are always banged up.
Whatever the case, it's clear Ronnie's first priority in 2010 is going to be staying clear of the injury report. Secondly, he is going to have to maintain a high level of production.
For a back who many, myself included, consider to be a top ten talent, Ronnie has only gone over the 1,000 yard plateau once in his career. And that came in 06' when he missed three games with a broken hand. Yes, he's been hurt in every season but one, and has split carries with Ricky Williams for the majority of his career, but you would still expect more out of a pro-bowl caliber player.
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