Andre Brown's great -- or maybe not-so-great -- NFL adventure has led him back to where he started it. With the New York Giants. The Giants today brought back Brown, a running back who was a fourth-round pick in 2009 and was waived prior to last season.
Brown missed the entire 2009 season after rupturing his Achilles tendon during training camp that season. He gained 95 yards on 21 carries last preseason before being released.
Since then Brown's NFL odyssey has taken him to several teams, some twice. It goes like this:
He was waived by the Giants Sept. 4 and claimed the following day by Denver, then waived by the Broncos on Sept. 15. Two days later he was signed to Denver's practice squad, then to the active roster on Sept. 21. Brown stayed there until Oct. 16, when he was again waived.
He was awarded to the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 18. The Colts waived Brown on Nov. 1 and signed him to their practice squad two days later. On Nov. 6, he was signed to the active roster and then waived on Nov. 8.
The next day, Brown was awarded to the Carolina Panthers. He stayed with them for a week before being waived on Nov. 16. Two days later, he was back in Denver on the Broncos' practice squad. Brown joined his fifth NFL team when the Washington Redskins signed him on Nov. 25. The Redskins waived him last Friday.
Brown played in four games - three for Denver and one for the Colts. He had his only two NFL carries (for minus-one yard) for the Broncos at Baltimore on Oct. 10.
The Giants always like the 6-foot, 224-pound Brown and were disappointed last season when they tried to sneak him onto the practice squad only to see him slip away to the Broncos. Despite having re-signed Ahmad Bradshaw, still having DJ Ware and having former LSU back Charles Scott on the roster the Giants are obviously curious to see just how much of the skill that attracted them to him in the first has been regained two years removed from the Achillies injury.
The Giants still aren't close to the 90-man preseason roster limit, so this is really a no-risk move.