(Updated with contract details. 9:17 A.M. Apr. 8)
When the New York Giants and Rashad Jennings came to terms on a four-year contract on the first day of free agency, it was assumed it meant the end of Andre Brown's days in blue.
Monday afternoon, those assumptions were confirmed.
According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Texans and Andre Brown have reached an agreement on a contract. The Star-Ledger's Conor Orr has reported the contract is a one-year deal that will pay Brown $645,000.
Texans agree with RB Andre Brown.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) April 7, 2014
Brown was initially drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State. The 6-foot, 230-pound back was expected to have an immediate impact, but ruptured his Achilles in the early portions of his rookie training camp. He was waived the next year.
Brown returned to the Giants in 2011, was waived on Sept. 3, but then placed on the practice squad. He was a member of the 2012 Super Bowl Championship team. Following the title, Brown became an internet sensation when his song, "I Got a Ring," went viral after teammate Mark Herzlich posted the video on Youtube.
The ensuing season, Brown saw his first extensive regular season action when he started in place of an injured Ahmad Bradshaw against the Carolina Panthers. The back rushed for 113 yards on 20 carries including two touchdowns. After working his way into the running back rotation, Brown broke his leg versus the Packers on Nov. 25. He finished the season with a team-high eight rushing touchdowns.
Having established himself as a reliable back, Brown entered last year with high expectations. Both he and David Wilson were expected to create a "thunder and lightning" combination in New York's backfield, but those hopes never materialized. Brown once again broke his leg in the preseason, landing him on the short-term IR. He returned against the Raiders in Week 10 where he rushed for 115 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries.
Brown finished his Giants career with 212 carries for 877 yards and 11 touchdowns.
With Ben Tate having left the Texans in free agency, signing with the Browns, Brown is expected to fill the void as Arian Foster's backup.