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Expired passport leads to contract with Buccaneers for RB Matt Brown

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

An expired passport led to an NFL contract for former Temple running back Matt Brown. (USATSI)
An expired passport led to an NFL contract for former Temple running back Matt Brown. (USATSI)

Showing up at the airport with an expired passport is usually a bad thing, but it turned out to be a good thing for former Temple running back and kick returner Matt Brown.

Brown, the 2012 Big East Special Teams Player of the Year, went undrafted in April and had made the decision to continue his football career in Canada with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

On Tuesday, Brown headed to Baltimore so he could catch a flight to Saskatchewan and sign his contract. Only that didn't happen because Brown wasn't allowed to board the plane thanks to his expired passport.

Brown then headed back to Philadelphia on Wednesday to get his passport renewed. While Brown was in the city of Brotherly Love, the Buccaneers called Brown's agent and said they were interested in signing Brown.

By Wednesday night, Brown was in Tampa Bay, signing a contract with the Buccaneers, instead of Canada, signing a contract with the Roughriders.

It's a win-win-win situation for Brown. If he makes the team, he gets to live in Florida instead of Canada. He gets to play in the NFL instead of the CFL. Plus, he doesn't have to pay that hefty $140 passport renewal fee.

The Bucs are getting a dual threat in Brown, who left Temple ranked No. 2 in career all-purpose yards (5,272) and No. 3 in rushing touchdowns (22). He also set the school's single-season record in 2012 with a 14.2-yard punt return average.

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