Update: Browner is signed to a three-year deal worth 17 million and NESN reports that he is projected to be a starting cornerback.
Update: Conflicting reports say that Browner has already been signed by the Patriots, as other reports say that he will visit the Red Skins in the coming days. The Patriots have NOT officially signed Browner according to his agent. Browner is still in New England however and is supposedly talking over a deal with New England.
Browner may fit in as more than just a cornerback opposite of Darrelle Revis, but he could slide in to the safety position left vacant by the cutting of Steven Gregory. At 6’4, 220 pounds, Browner fits the mold of a strong hard-hitting safety that can slide down and cover tight ends.
The Patriots, coming off the heels of the biggest free agent signing of this offseason, may not be done in the cornerback market just yet according to ESPN.
The Patriots are hosting former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner. Browner is currently suspended for the league’s substance abuse policy and will miss the first four games of the 2014 and sat the last five games of last season.
Browner is regarded as one of the more physical cornerbacks in the league and has attributes to match that play. The 6’4, 220 pound Browner can smash bodies with the best of them and could really be helpful in giving the Patriots secondary some much needed size.
The tallest cornerbacks for the Patriots are recently acquired Darrelle Revis and second-year corner Logan Ryan, who both stand at 5’11. The way the NFL is going, the bigger cornerbacks match up better with the quick, big and fast wide receivers.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that the Patriots will likely get a deal as he wasn’t a top paid corner anyways. Browner signed a one-year deal worth $773,756 with Seattle last season and is now coming off a suspension so that number could even come down.
The Patriots took a step forward ranking 18th in pass yards allowed last season, but haven’t been too good there in recent years. In 2012, they ranked 29th in pass yards allowed – in 2011, they ranked 31st – in 2010, the Patriots ranked 30th in pass yards allowed.
Browner has grabbed 10 interception and 39 passes defended in 38 games played since 2011. Browner also has 104 tackles in that time span.
It would benefit the Patriots to sign Browner on a multi-year deal now while he’s cheap because he seems like a good player that could get his stock to rise in a secondary that would feature Revis, McCourty and Dennard.