The one-year contract is reportedly for the league-minimum of $745,000. So in other words, he won’t cost much for the Colts to give him a chance at earning a roster spot.
The Colts would appear to be set at the position with T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson and Donte Moncrief expected to get most of the snaps. Canadian Football League star Duron Carter is expected to be the fourth option.
Brown, 26, caught 12 passes for 118 yards in seven games as a reserve with the Oakland Raiders last season. A third-round selection by the San Diego Chargers in 2011, the 5-11, 190-pound receiver played in 30 games with 16 starts and had 60 catches for 801 yards and three touchdowns.
He missed the 2012 season with a broken ankle.
His best season was in 2013, when he had 41 receptions for 472 yards with two TDs. His Chargers teammates voted him the Ed Block Courage Award recipient that year.
The Colts will likely keep at least five receivers on the final roster.
Brown played his college ball at San Diego State, where he was a All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection as a senior. He had the school’s fourth-best receiving season with 1,342 yards.
He helped the Aztecs win their first bowl game since 1969 with a 35-14 victory against Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl.
Brown’s 23 career touchdowns rank fifth in school history. His 13 career 100-yard receiving games are tied for the school record.
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