BETHLEHEM -- Ronnie Brown played six seasons for the Miami Dolphins. During those six years, the Dolphins made the playoffs just once and made a quick first-round exit that year.
The opportunity to play for a team that has a legitimate chance to go to the Super Bowl, even if it meant taking less money and getting less carries, is why the 29-year-old running back signed with the Eagles.
``At this stage of my career, it’s not so much about the financial standpoint (that was important),’’ he said yesterday, a day after agreeing to a contract with the Birds. ``It was more about winning and putting myself in a good situation where I felt comfortable where I’d be on a team that puts winning first, which you can by some of the moves they’ve made in the last few days, they do. I felt it was a good fit.
``It was tough (not winning in Miami). Coming from Auburn, I won there and I won in high school. I wanted to be a part of turning it around down there, but we couldn’t quite get it done.
``At the end of the day, you want to win games. That’s why you’re here. My ultimate goal at this level is to win a championship. I think I can do that here.’’
Brown rushed for 734 yards on 200 carries with the Dolphins last season. Also caught 33 passes. That’s 233 touches. As long as LeSean McCoy stays healthy, he isn’t likely to get anywhere near that many with the Eagles this season.
Last year, running backs not named LeSean McCoy got just 87 carries the whole season. McCoy had 285 touches – 207 carries and a team-high 78 receptions.
Brown isn’t concerned about that.
``Just the way things have gone in the NFL, it’s kind of progressed to two backs and being able to utilize two guys to try and stay healthy for the long haul,’’ he said. ``Me having LeSean and LeSean having me, I think will be a great opportunity. (You want) to be able to do that and keep everybody fresh throughout the season and games.
Because Brown is a bigger back and more of a downhill runner, the Eagles also could pair the two of them in the backfield together a lot.