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NFL Free Agency: Ronnie Brown Could Be St. Louis Rams' Next Running Back

After Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles signed quickly and left the St. Louis Rams' search for an off-beat alternative to Steven Jackson over before it began, the team started looking at more conventional backup options in its brief trip through NFL free agency. The top rumor Tuesday was Ronnie Brown, former Miami Dolphins starter and, for versatility's sake, one of the crucial instigators in the NFL's begrudging acceptance of the Wildcat offense.

Brown, the second overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, had his best season in 2008, when, splitting carries with Ricky Williams, he rushed for 10 touchdowns and 916 yards, averaging 4.3 per carry. Already used to splitting carries, Brown would be a solid fit with the Rams, who need to find some way to reduce Steven Jackson's workload without him freaking out about it.

Of course, solving that problem might just add another--Jackson was recently quoted as saying he wanted more passing targets, which might be a preemptive strike at his limited rushing workload in 2011.