Browner was released by the Seahawks on Monday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Early this month, it was reported that Seattle would use Browner as a defensive specialist who could cover bigger receivers and tight ends. However, it appears this plan wasn't worth holding its own roster spot. Considering it didn't work out in Seattle, it would be a bit of surprise if the struggling Browner finds a new home before the season kicks off.
Browner is pegged for a role in which he will be assigned specific tight ends or bigger receivers depending on the opponent, the Seattle Times reports. At 32, Browner no longer has the skills to start at cornerback. It showed last year with the Saints when he led the league with 11 defensive holding penalties (nine accepted) and six personal fouls. He also was flagged three times for pass interference. The Seahawks, though, think they can use him strategically, capitalizing on his size (6-4, 220) against bigger receivers, after they struggled against tight ends last season.
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.