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Brandon McGowan | Defensive Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 210
College: Maine
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Patriots released S Brandon McGowan.
He lasted just over a week. McGowan was once a shutdown force in tight end coverage and productive special teams player, but he seems to have lost something off his fastball. Pat Chung will be the starting strong safety this year. Mon, Aug 8, 2011 01:50:00 PM

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The Patriots are reportedly planning to release SS Brandon McGowan.

This news comes on the same day free agent Dashon Goldson is visiting New England, though it's not clear if it's more than coincidental. McGowan was just signed a week ago. The Pats obviously didn't like what they saw early in camp.
Sun, Aug 7, 2011 04:23:00 PM

Patriots re-signed SS Brandon McGowan.

McGowan started 11 games in 2009, but missed all of 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle. The Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport believes he'll be limited to special-teams duty this season.
Sat, Jul 30, 2011 05:49:00 PM

Free agent SS Brandon McGowan's first choice is to re-sign with the Patriots this offseason.

"Of course, I love the team," McGowan said. "(There's) great coaching. When you get great coaching, great players, you put that together, I love it here." McGowan revealed that he's fully recovered from the torn pectoral muscle that cost him the 2010 season. He'd have to accept a reserve role in New England.
Wed, Mar 2, 2011 10:38:00 AM

Patriots placed SS Brandon McGowan (chest) on injured reserve, ending his season.

The secretive Pats cited a previously undisclosed chest injury, though beat writer Tom Curran reports a torn pectoral muscle. This move helps explain the team's trade for Jarrad Page. McGowan was due to move to a reserve role this season with Patrick Chung taking over as the starter.
Sat, Sep 4, 2010 07:19:00 PM

Brandon McGowan has started over James Sanders at free safety in the Patriots' last three games.

Sanders also whiffed on a tackle try Sunday, while McGowan has stepped up in coverage of tight ends. McGowan has 17 tackles and a forced fumble in his three starts, but SS Brandon Meriweather remains the best IDP bet here.
Sun, Oct 4, 2009 11:05:00 PM

Patriots agreed to terms with free agent DB Brandon McGowan on a two-year contract.

McGowan, who lost his starting job in Chicago last summer, played just one game in 2008 after undergoing surgery for a sprained ankle in Week 2. The Patriots are plenty deep at safety after drafting Patrick Chung, so McGowan will have to battle for playing time.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, May 5, 2009 11:08:00 AM

Bears DB Brandon McGowan needs surgery on his injured ankle. He will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season.

It's a tough break for the contract-year safety after losing his starting job. Kevin Payne is now locked in at SS with Danieal Manning at nickel back.
Wed, Sep 17, 2008 05:33:00 PM

Bears DB Brandon McGowan suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday's loss.

He was in a walking boot after the game. McGowan, Chicago's No. 2 strong safety, would be replaced by Danieal Manning in the nickel if he missed time.
Sun, Sep 14, 2008 06:18:00 PM

Bears SS Brandon McGowan has officially been passed on the depth chart by Kevin Payne.

McGowan will stay active, but only on special teams and in the nickel defense. Payne has sleeper potential in IDP leagues at a tackle friendly position.
Fri, Aug 29, 2008 02:44:00 PM

Bears signed restricted free agent S Brandon McGowan to a one-year, $1.417 million contract.

Nobody was going to give up a second rounder for him. McGowan could wind up starting in Chicago depending on the health of Mike Brown. Meanwhile, WR Rashied Davis still hasn't signed his offer sheet. He was given the lowest tender and wouldn't command a draft pick if signed away.
Tue, Apr 1, 2008 03:58:00 PM

The Bears are expected to extend S Brandon McGowan a restricted free agent tender.

McGowan, a former undrafted player, ended 2007 as a starter because Adam Archuleta wasn't cutting it. He made 68 tackles, two interceptions, forced a fumble, and broke up three passes. The low tender this year is $927,000, but McGowan will at least get the $1.427 million second-round tag.
Sun, Feb 10, 2008 10:02:00 AM

Coach Lovie Smith said Monday that Brandon McGowan is day-to-day after suffering a sprained right elbow in Week 7.

"We don't know exactly how serious the injury is," Smith said. Losing McGowan would leave the Bears very thin at safety.
Tue, Oct 23, 2007 08:52:00 AM

Brandon McGowan left Sunday's game in the second quarter with an arm injury.

He did not return and reportedly had his right arm in a sling afterward.
Mon, Oct 22, 2007 10:42:00 AM

Bears safety Brandon McGowan ruptured his Achilles' tendon in Sunday's loss, and will be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

McGowan was a candidate to compete with Todd Johnson at strong safety and Sunday marked his first game back from PUP. The Bears will likely make a move to bolster their thinning defensive backfield.
Mon, Nov 6, 2006 04:22:00 PM

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