The New York Giants have signed fourth-round pick tailback Andre Brown, the team announced on Tuesday. According to a league source, it's a four-year, $2.18 million deal, which includes a signing bonus of $430,000.
Brown played in 44 games with 30 starts at N.C. State and carried the ball 523 times for 2,539 yards (a 4.8-yard average) and 22 touchdowns. He also caught 70 passes for 631 yards (a 9.0-yard average) and two scores and added 341 yards on 17 kickoff returns (a 20.1-yard average) for 3,511 all-purpose yards, an average of 78.8 yards per game.
His 2,539 yards on the ground rank seventh in school history.
In 2008, Brown battled back from a left foot fracture in spring camp to start all 13 games and lead the Wolfpack with a career-high 767 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 175 carries (a 4.4-yard average). He also contributed a career-high 29 receptions for 309 yards (a 10.7-yard average) and two scores.
While Brown may have slipped some in the draft because of his injury history, he had a terrific run of practices during Senior Bowl week. In fact, some might say he was the best offensive player on either squad other than Pat White.
Brown followed up that success with a very solid showing during the NFL combine. His timed runs in the 10 (1.58), 20 (2.64), and 40-yard dashes (4.37 best handheld/4.49 best electronic) opened up some eyes along with his vertical jump of 37 inches.
He ended up being selected in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by New York, and he was clearly a player Giants GM Jerry Reese coveted.
"We really like him," Reese said of Brown after the draft. "We had him targeted for awhile. We think this guy is very, very similar to Derrick Ward.
"You have to look at a lot of tape because he had a foot injury and he was rotated almost 50% with another back, who is a good, young player for them. So you had to look at a lot of tape to really do your homework and find out who this guy really is.
"But just watching the tape you could almost – I think is he (number) 24. He almost looked like (number) 34, like Derrick Ward, and he runs the draws and the screens. They put him out wide. They put him in the slot.
"He is a big boy. He is 224 pounds, I believe. He ran 4.48 so he has got the size and the speed stuff that you like. He is very, very versatile; catches the ball really nice. He is a very good pass protector.
"So we like that pick a lot. So we expect him to come in and compete at the running back position as well to give us four really good backs that compete for jobs right there."
To clear space on the roster for Brown, the Giants waived rookie OL Alex Derenthal, a free agent from Temple.