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Brandon Browner | Defensive Back

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/2/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 221
College: Oregon State
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Brandon Browner confirmed he will play cornerback in New England.
Some observers speculated that teams might envision Browner at safety before free agency, ostensibly due to his size (6'4/221), but he is a straight-line player without hip fluidity and would be stretched mightily in "center field." Browner is a pure press corner who figures to man up with No. 2 receivers in Foxboro, while Darrelle Revis chases No. 1s and Kyle Arrington takes the slot. Mar 17 - 2:32 PM

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Patriots signed CB Brandon Browner to a three-year, $17 million contract.

Browner also received interest from the Redskins, Saints, and Jets before signing with the Patriots. It's a slightly longer contract than expected, as New England initially only offered a two-year deal. The $5.6 million annually places Browner among the top-seven cornerbacks in the league in terms of average salary. Browner is suspended for the first four games of 2014, but will start on the outside opposite Darrelle Revis when reinstated. The Patriots have drastically improved their secondary this offseason and plan to run a physical man-to-man scheme with Browner and Revis.
Mar 14 - 7:15 PM

Free agent CB Brandon Browner's visit to the Redskins has been canceled, and he remains in New England.

Perhaps the Skins called off their visit after signing Tracy Porter. Browner was believed to be in pretty serious talks with the Patriots as recently as Thursday evening. Our money is now on Brander signing with New England.
Mar 14 - 6:27 PM

Updating a previous item, Profootballtalk reports free agent CB Brandon Browner will visit the Redskins on Friday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter also reports Browner will travel to D.C. on Friday. The visit was initially scheduled for Thursday but was pushed back a day because Browner's visit with the Patriots lasted longer than expected. Browner, 30 in August, is also talking with the Saints and Raiders. Stay tuned for more twists.
Mar 14 - 10:08 AM

Free agent CB Brandon Browner cancelled his visit with the Redskins.

Browner is believed to still be up in the Boston area trying to finalize a deal to join the Patriots. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport initially reported Browner was signing a two-year deal with New England. Browner's agent vehemently denied the report, but we have no reason to believe a deal won't get done.
Mar 14 - 9:43 AM

A "well-placed" team source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that free agent CB Brandon Browner is close to an agreement with the Patriots, but that it's a "tough deal to do because of suspension, etc."

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that Browner has "spread the word to those close to him" that he's agreed to terms with the Pats, but his agent vehemently denies it. Browner's rep has spoken directly with many reporters. As such, the deal can't be considered official, but it likely will be some time in the next 24 hours.
Mar 13 - 10:48 PM

Free agent CB Brandon Browner will visit the Saints if he leaves his Redskins visit without a deal.

There are reports that Browner has signed a two-year deal with the Patriots, but they've been strongly refuted by his agent. We're leaving him unsigned for the time being. We knew the Saints were "looking at" Browner, but not that he had a visit scheduled. Despite Browner's four-game suspension to begin the season, he'd be a nice get for either Washington or New Orleans.
Mar 13 - 10:06 PM

ESPN's John Clayton reports the Saints are "looking at" free agent CB Brandon Browner.

The Saints have a hole opposite Keenan Lewis, but Browner couldn't fill it until Week 5 thanks to his four-game suspension. The ex-Seahawk has also been linked to the Patriots and Redskins.
Mar 13 - 4:53 PM

Free agent CB will visit the Redskins Thursday night.

The Redskins were expected to make secondary upgrades their main priority this week. Instead, they've been innocent bystanders while watching other teams spend cash. Browner, who is suspended for the first four games of 2014, was meeting with the Patriots during the day Thursday.
Mar 13 - 9:27 AM

FOX Boston reports free agent CB Brandon Browner will visit the Patriots on Thursday.

Suspended for the first four games of 2014, Browner would be a press-specialist luxury for Darrelle Revis and the Pats. The Jets have also expressed interest, but the Pats appear to be his first visit. Browner turns 30 in August.
Mar 13 - 12:15 AM

The New York Daily News reports the Jets have expressed interest in free agent Brandon Browner.

However, "it appears unlikely" Browner signs with the Jets at this point. It's the first team connected to Browner since it was announced that he'll only face a four-game suspension to open the 2014 season. He could be a fallback option for GM John Idzik, who obviously knows Browner from their Seattle days.
Mar 12 - 6:33 PM

NFL suspended free agent CB Brandon Browner the first four weeks of the 2014 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Browner will also forfeit an additional four weeks of game checks. Considering he was previously expected to be suspended most -- if not all -- of the 2014 season, it's a victory for Browner. He'll be allowed to participate in all offseason and preseason activities before returning in Week 5. Now that teams know the details, we would expect Browner to have a decent free-agent market.
Mar 5 - 4:51 PM

The Seattle Times doesn't envision the Seahawks re-signing free agent CB Brandon Browner.

Browner will be 30 before Week 1 and is facing an undetermined suspension. The Seahawks would be better off re-signing free agent CB Walter Thurmond III. Even if they let both go, Byron Maxwell proved to be a highly effective right-corner bookend for LCB Richard Sherman. Seattle has Jeremy Lane, Tharold Simon, and DeShawn Shead in the mix for 2014 nickel back duties.
Mar 5 - 4:40 PM

Free agent CB Brandon Browner is expected to remain suspended for an unknown length of time to start the 2014 season.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, part of Browner's reinstatement settlement with the NFL included a 2014 suspension. He's already served more than 2 1/2 months of what was originally a one-year ban for marijuana news. Browner is our No. 11 corner available in free agency.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 5 - 11:27 AM

Free agent CB Brandon Browner tweeted Tuesday that he was reinstated by the NFL.

If true, it is great news for Browner. One of Browner's main concerns was his ability to negotiate with teams once free agency began on March 11, but that issue is solved with his reinstatement. Despite his off-the-field concerns, Browner is a solid corner who should find a decent market in free agency.
Mar 4 - 7:34 PM

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