The Seahawks have brought back Browner on a one-year contract with the team, ESPN.com reports. Browner, who had left the Seahawks after the 2013 season, rejoins the team's cornerback mix, thus reuniting the nucleus of the original "Legion of Boom" secondary, which also includes Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. In 16 games for the Saints last season, Browner -- who turns 32 in August -- notched 76 tackles and a pick, but was also was flagged for a staggering total 24 penalties in the span.
Browner has been released by the Saints, ESPN.com reports. The move will save the Saints $2.25 million against their 2016 salary cap, while Browner's stint with the team ends after just one season, in which the physical cornerback set a new NFL record for penalties, while notching 76 tackles and a pick in 16 starts for the team in the process.
Browner made 76 tackles (63 solo) and had one interception and 10 pass defenses in 16 games this season. Browner set an NFL record for penalties in 2015, and things got so ugly by the end of the season that he was booed in pregame introductions before the home finale. From a fantasy standpoint, however, Browner was excellent, as his 76 tackles rank this among cornerbacks in the NFL. Browner is likely be back with the Saints in 2016 because he is still owed a significant amount of guaranteed money and showed flashes of being an asset when used properly (as he showed against Detroit's Calvin Johnson), but with the emergence of Delvin Breaux and potential return of Keenan Lewis, Browner may be hard-pressed to see the ample playing time that made him an IDP commodity this season.
Browner had eight tackles (all solo) in Sunday's win against the Giants. That Browner, a cornerback, finished second on the team in tackles tells owners all they need to know about the nature of Sunday's shootout in New Orleans. With Eli Manning throwing the ball all over the field, Browner had plenty of opportunities to make plays. Opposing quarterbacks have not shied away from attacking Browner's side of the field - which is one reason why he among the league leaders in penalties - but his physical play continues to make him a decent IDP option at defensive back.
Browner made six tackles (four solo) and recovered a fumble in Thursday's win against the Falcons. As expected, Browner's physical play has led to a number of penalties this season - he leads the league through six weeks - but that's inconsequential to most fantasy owners, as his physicality is also one of the reasons why he has averaged six tackles per game from his cornerback position. Browner may continue to rack up the penalties, but he remains a solid option at defensive back in IDP leagues because of his willingness to mix it up with opposing ball carriers.
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