Brandon Browner has found a new home in the NFL. On Thursday night Ian Rapoport tweeted the news that the New England Patriots have signed the Seahawks former cornerback to a two-year deal:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2014
That report was later refuted by Browner’s agent Pete Schaffer, who claimed that there was no deal in place. However, one day later a deal was confirmed by Browner himself in this statement via Twitlonger hours ago:
“Today, I am proud to announce that I am a New England Patriot. I am honored
that the Patriots are making me part of their legendary organization, and am
grateful for the opportunity Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, Nick Caserio and
the entire team have given me. I intend to diligently work with the same
passion and dedication that I have displayed since coming into the NFL to
uphold the great traditions and qualities that are embodied by the Patriots.
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the Seattle Seahawks for giving a CFL
player the once in-a-lifetime opportunity to return to the NFL, making a
young boy’s dream come true. To Coach Pete Carroll, GM John Schneider, John
Idzik, Coach Richard, Rocky Seto, the LOB, my teammates, the training staff, the equipment guys the Seahawks organization as a whole and most importantly the 12th Man, I say thank you for everything you have done for myself and my family.
I am a truly blessed person.”
Browner will of course have to serve a four-game suspension at the start of the 2014 as punishment for testing positive for marijuana. He was at one time going to be suspended the entire year but the NFL backed off and reinstated him when he brought a lawsuit in a Colorado court.
New England’s secondary has undergone a major overhaul in free agency. Yesterday they signed Darrelle Revis as well. With the addition of Browner, they can now boast of having one of the better secondaries in the league.
Browner will be missed by many Seahawks fans, this one included.
To send him off, here’s Browner walloping the crap out of the Patriots in 2012.