Andre Brown is a backup running back. He's missed 14 games the past two seasons and averaged just 3.5 yards per carry last year. But at the price the Texans signed him Monday, it's tough to not see this addition as a bargain. The Texans inked Brown to a one-year contract worth $645,000. As Ben Tate is now in Cleveland, Brown will look to fill the role of second fiddle to Arian Foster in Houston's backfield.
Just to put this in perspective, Donald Brown got a three-year deal worth a total of $10 million to possibly be the No. 3 RB in San Diego. The Giants, Brown's former team, signed Peyton Hillis earlier this offseason to a two-year deal with an annual average value of $900,000. Andre Brown has clear flaws, but I think we can agree that he is not beneath Peyton Hillis.
The Texans may give younger running backs Dennis Johnson and Jonathan Grimes a shot to back up Foster, but Brown's been fairly productive when he has stayed on the field these past two years. And he's a decent pass-catcher.
Watch any training camp battle here closely as Foster has some major red flags as well. And if it doesn't work out with Brown, it's not like it will have cost the Texans much of anything.