Despite this signing, I could still see the Texans drafting a running back they hope will be Foster's backup. When it comes to running backs, the fewer miles, the better. But Brown, reportedly on a one-year minimum deal, gives them some pretty good starting experience.
I checked in with Dan Graziano, our Giants reporter, who said after the Giants cut Ahmad Bradshaw following the 2012 season, Brown went into camp as a co-starter with David Wilson. It was the result of some strong showings he had in relief of Bradshaw an injured Bradshaw during the 2012 season. Brown broke his leg late in the 2012 season.
He had his most productive season in 2013 with the New York Giants, when Brown started eight games after coming off injured reserve. He was on injured reserve after breaking his leg again, in the same spot, during the Giants' final preseason game of 2013. Brown rushed 139 times for 492 yards, averaging 3.5 yards per carry last season. He scored three touchdowns during that span, two against Washington and one against Oakland.
Foster is the only running back making any kind of significant salary on the Texans' roster. Ray Graham, Dennis Johnson, Jonathan Grimes, Chad Spann and Toben Opurum are all on very inexpensive contracts.