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NFL: Former Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner reinstated

Brandon Browner #39 of the Seattle Seahawks waits on the field during the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Houston, Texas.
(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

According to a report by ESPN on March 5, the NFL has reinstated former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner.

The NFL suspended Browner for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy over marijuana. The unrestricted free agent served 21/2 months of a one-year suspension and it appears that the NFL has agreed to lift the suspension after Browner’s attorney threatened to sue the league in federal court over the length of the suspension. Before the suspension, Browner was a top corner in the game playing opposite Richard Sherman in the Seahawks Legion of Boom defensive backfield.

As a Stage 3 offender of the policy, Browner was suspended after playing just eight games last season. He missed out on an opportunity to play in a Super Bowl.

In being reinstated, Brandon Browner is now one of the top free agents as new contracts can be signed as early as March 11. Will his suspension have an affect on which teams pursue Browner? Only time will tell, but the cornerback is happy about being reinstated.

“I received wonderful news today. The NFL has reinstated me, and I now have the opportunity to prove to the fans and my teammates how important this sport is to me. I realize now more than ever that being part of the NFL is not a right, but a privilege. I am grateful that Commissioner Goodell and my agent were able to resolve this issue in a positive, productive manner so I can continue my career, provide for my family, and help my team win a Super Bowl. Thank you to all who have gone out of their way to show their support. I will live up to your expectations of me.”

The tweet shows Browner has learned a valuable lesson. Now he just has to prove it with his actions on and off the field.

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