The New England Patriots made their own free agent splash Wednesday night when they signed Darrelle Revis. Now the team may have their sights on another former All-Pro cornerback. According to NBC Sports on March 13, former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner is scheduled to visit the team on Thursday.
Browner, who was recently reinstated after an indefinite suspension, became a free agent once the NFL lifted the ban. After abusing the league’s substance-abuse policy, Browner may come at a cheaper bargain since he has been docked an additional four game suspension at the start of the 2014 season. Many teams will see signing Browner as a risk.
But, there are potential high rewards in that risk. Browner made the Pro Bowl with Seattle in 2011. He is a big physical corner who could be a great compliment to Darrelle Revis. The Patriots could convert Browner to safety to compliment his size and physical style. If Bill Belichick can pull this off, he could have Revis and Alfonso Dennard as the starting corner, promising rookie Logan Ryan as the third corner and shift Browner to safety alongside Devin McCourty.
As far as Browner’s off-field issues, the Patriots could be the right fit for Browner as he attempts to prove to the league that he has learned from his mistakes and values his NFL career. Playing alongside Revis should also be intriguing to Brandon Browner.
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