Courtesy: Joe Nicholson/USA Today
NEWS CENTER - A day after an initial report claimed free agent cornerback Brandon Browner had agreed to sign with the Patriots, the deal with New England was finalized: three years, $17 million.
The former Seahawk is coming off a season in which he only played in eight games. He missed six due to groin injury and the final five (including all three all three Seattle playoff games) due to being suspended for violating the team's substance abuse policy. That suspension will carry over into 2014, where the 29-year old will miss the first four games of the season.
Browner missed four games in the 2012 season for his first violation of the NFL's drug policy.
Listed at 6'4", 221 pounds, Browner was a Pro Bowl selection in his rookie season of 2011, when had 54 tackles and six interceptions, which remain career highs.
The Oregon State product was originally an undrafted free agent who signed with Denver back in 2005, but a broken left forearm cost him that season and he was waived by the Broncos the following offseason. He then spent his next four year playing for the Calagary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, where he was a three-time league all-star and won the league title (Grey Cup) in 2008.