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Brandon Browner agrees with Patriots

Posted Mar 14, 2014

After a difficult final season with the Seahawks, free-agent cornerback Brandon Browner feels ‘blessed’ to be returning to the NFL after he agreed to contract terms with the New England Patriots on Friday.

FREE AGENCY ROUNDUP

A look at the players the Seahawks have signed and lost in the first four days of the NFL’s free-agency period, as well as their remaining free agents (the Seahawks do not announce transactions until they are finalized):

Re-signed
DL Michael Bennett
C Lemuel Jeanpierre (restricted)
SS Jeron Johnson (restricted)
TE Anthony McCoy

Reportedly re-signed
QB Tarvaris Jackson
DT Tony McDonald

Tendered
WR Doug Baldwin (restricted)

Released
DE Red Bryant, signed with Jaguars
DE Chris Clemons, signed with Jaguars
WR Sidney Rice

Agreed to terms or signed with other teams
CB Brandon Browner, Patriots
OT Breno Giacomini, Jets
DT Clinton McDonald, Buccaneers
FS Chris Maragos, Eagles
WR Golden Tate, Lions

Remaining unrestricted free agents
TE Kellen Davis
DE/LB O’Brien Schofield, agreed with Giants but failed physical
K Steven Hauschka
OL Paul McQuistan
FB Michael Robinson
CB Walter Thurmond

The 2013 season ended with Brandon Browner wondering if he even had a future in the NFL.

That’s because he was a 29-year-old cornerback and the league had suspended him indefinitely. But that changed Friday, when Browner agreed to contract terms with the New England Patriots. He still will serve a four-game suspension to start the 2014 season, but at least Browner has a home before and after that happens.

“I am honored that the Patriots are making me part of their legendary organization, and am grateful for the opportunity Mr. (Robert) Kraft (the owner), coach (Bill) Belichick, (director of player personnel) Nick Caserio and the entire team have given me,” Browner tweeted. “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.”

The Patriots’ website followed Browner’s tweet with news of the agreement.

Browner entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Denver Broncos in 2005. But he spent that season on injured reserve and was released after training camp in 2006. He then played four seasons in the CFL.

His return to the NFL happened in January 2011, when the Seahawks signed him to a future contract. The future arrived early, as Browner stepped into the starting lineup as an injury replacement in training camp that summer. He intercepted six passes, returning two for the touchdowns, and played in the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement.

Browner remained the starter in 2012, but was suspended for the final four games. He returned to the lineup in 2013, but was suspended again in December.

Browner is now gone, but he hasn’t forgotten the chance the Seahawks gave him when no other NFL team would.

“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,” Browner also tweeted. “To coach Pete Carroll, GM John Schneider, (former VP of football administration) John Idzik, coach (Kris) Richard, (coach) Rocky Seto, the LOB (Legion of Boom), 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.”