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New England Patriots sign RB Donald Brown

By The Sports Xchange
New England Patriots sign RB Donald Brown
San Diego Chargers running back Donald Brown (34) tries to elude Oakland Raiders DJ Hayden (25) while taking a pass from QB Philip Rivers 23 yards in the first quarter at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California on December 24, 2015. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo

The New England Patriots signed free agent running back Donald Brown to a one-year contract Friday.

The deal includes a reported $250,000 in bonuses and guarantees.

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Brown, who turns 29 next month, is a veteran of seven NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2009-13) and San Diego Chargers (2014-15). He was released by San Diego on March 3.

The 5-foot-10, 207-pound Brown joins a New England running back group that includes Dion Lewis (recovering from a torn ACL), James White, Tyler Gaffney, Joey Iosefa and Brandon Bolden.

Brown originally entered the NFL as a first-round pick (27th overall) by the Colts out of Connecticut in the 2009 NFL Draft. He signed with the Chargers as an unrestricted free agent March 11, 2014.

Brown has played in 89 NFL games (25 starts) and has 695 rushing attempts for 2,829 yards and 18 touchdowns and 120 receptions for 1,066 yards with two touchdowns. Last season with San Diego, he played in 10 games (two starts) and finished with 59 rushing attempts for 229 yards and one touchdown. Brown also caught eight passes for 88 yards.

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