The New England Patriots wanted to upgrade their secondary during free agency.
New England signed former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner to a three-year deal worth $17 million, according to the team's website. Browner signed with New England after considering offers from Washington, New Orleans and Oakland.
"Today, I am proud to announce that I am a New England Patriot," Browner said (via Twitter). "I am honored that the Patriots are making me part of their legendary organization, and am grateful for the opportunity Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, Nick Caserio and the entire team have given me. I intend to diligently work with the same passion and dedication that I have displayed since coming into the NFL to uphold the great traditions and qualities that are embodied by the Patriots. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the Seattle Seahawks for giving a CFL player the once in-a-lifetime opportunity to return to the NFL, making a young boy's dream come true. To Coach Pete Carroll, GM John Schneider, John Idzik, Coach Richard, Rocky Seto, the LOB, my teammates, the training staff, the equipment guys the Seahawks organization as a whole and most importantly the 12th Man, I say thank you for everything you have done for myself and my family. I am a truly blessed person."
Browner’s agreement occurred a few days after cornerback Darrelle Revis signed a one-year deal worth $12 million with New England. Revis was released by Tampa Bay after one season and signed by New England a few hours later.
The additions of Browner and Revis improves a defense that was ranked 18th against the pass last season. In addition, New England upgraded its cornerback position after allowing Aqib Talib to walk in free agency. Talib was selected to the Pro Bowl last season, but his inability to stay healthy in consecutive AFC championships games were problematic.
Speaking of problems, Browner must serve a four-game suspension once the 2014 season begins after continuous violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
However, Browner is a former Pro Bowler, and if he can stay at out trouble, New England should have a better secondary this season.
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