Former Tennessee Titan Chris Brown (6-3, 230) is on the Patriots Radar.
Status: Unconfirmed - Warm
First reported by the Nashville City Paper's Terry McCormick, Brown will not be returning to the Titans - who were believed to be interested in retaining the veteran runner. When Tennessee drafted Chris Henry (Arizona) -- another big back on New England's pre-draft radar -- it put Brown back on the market.
Buzz: The Pats, never content to let the current level of competition stand, may add another running back to compete for the duties formerly handled by Corey Dillon. Dillon's 13 touchdowns from 2006 were mostly hard earned inside running at the goal line. Without a big body like his in the mix, the Patriots may not have the same "punch-it-in there" ability at the goal line. Rumors started after the Draft, and continue to gain momentum. Adding Brown, if healthy, would complete the Patriots depth at the running back position.
Reality: The Pats are likely set at running back with numerous big bodies ready to compete for a share of the duties behind Laurence Maroney if they choose to stay put. The Bills and the Titans were reportedly interested in bringing Brown in for a look. Both teams also flirted with acquiring former Patriot Corey Dillon. The Bills however, were not serious about Brown, despite the reports. Now that Buffalo acquired Marshawn Lynch and Tennessee acquired Henry via the Draft, both teams are out of the market for Brown.
League insiders tell PatriotsInsider.com that Brown's injury history has teams waiting on the sideline to see if they can get by with what they have, and that includes New England. The Patriots are considering adding another veteran runner depending on how well Laurence Maroney responds to rehab from an injury suffered last season. Although, if there are any perceived setbacks, it's possible that New England could add Brown to the mix.
The Patriots have newly acquired RB Sammy Morris (6-0, 218), veteran FB Heath Evans (6-0, 250) and developmental FB/TB Quadtrine Hill (6-2, 228) on the roster behind Maroney. The scouting report on Quadtrine Hill is very positive with some in the scouting community who believe Hill could easily be the big back the Patriots need if they give him a chance to grow into the position.