The addition of Donald Brown to the San Diego Chargers backfield was a little odd given Brown was looking for significant carries when he entered free agency.
The fact that Brown did end up with the Chargers had some questioning the future of Ryan Mathews, but the Chargers front office quickly shut down the notion of Brown coming in to replace Mathews.
Now according to the San Diego Union Tribune, it’s believed that Brown will only see around five to ten touches per game.
Filling in this year for 5-10 touches per game, plus insurance for if/when Mathews gets injured. He played 16 games for the first time in 2013, and he was not healthy in the postseason.
Brown signed a $10.5 million dollar contract with the Bolts, $4 million of it guaranteed, so that’s a rather expensive ‘injury insurance’ option. Then again, if Mathews does go down – something that’s not that outlandish – at least the Chargers will have a serviceable back ready to step in and perform.