BY SPNW Staff 02:17PM 04/17/2016

CB Browner returns, Seahawks’ Legion reunites

Brandon Browner will rejoin Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor — the original Legion of Boom — after agreeing to a one-year contract with Seattle.

CB Brandon Browner will rejoin the Legion of Boom / Wiki Commons

The original Legion of Boom is going to reunite. CB Brandon Browner, 31, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Seahawks. Browner confirmed it Sunday on his Twitter account.

“I’ve been excited about this one, been trying to keep it to myself,” Browner tweeted. “Secrets out, I’m grateful and can’t wait to get back to work.”

Browner, a Seahawk from 2011-13, was released by the New Orleans Saints in February after committing the most penalties in a single NFL season since 2001 (24, with 21 accepted).

 

Browner, though, revealed on Instagram that he played the 2015 season with a MCL  torn in the Saints’ first preseason game.

“I never wanted to make an excuse, so I played through it,” Browner said. ” Last year was the most frustrating year for me, those who know me knew I was affected by it.”

The Saints allowed an NFL high 45 touchdown passes.

Browner earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2011 in his first year with the Seahawks and started 36 games over three seasons after the Oregon State grad began his pro career in the Canadian Football League. One of his highlight plays came in 2011 when he returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown against the New York Giants in Week 5.

Browner, who played the opposite corner from Richard Sherman, served a four-game suspension in 2012 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy — for using a banned prescription drug. In December of 2013, the NFL reported — erroneously — that Browner faced an indefinite suspension for again violating the league’s drug rules. The suspension, later changed to reflect the fact that Browner had missed drug tests when he was not signed by an NFL team, caused him to miss Seattle’s victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Reinstated in March 2014, Browner signed as a free agent with the New England Patriots, who defeated the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Browner played a key blocking role on the game’s critical play, a Malcolm Butler interception with 28 seconds left that sealed New England’s 28-24 victory.

Technically, Browner became one of the few players in history to earn consecutive Super Bowl rings as a member of two teams.

Browner will have to compete for playing time with recently re-signed CB Jeremy Lane and DeShawn Shead. Also on the roster are younger corners Marcus Burley, Tharold Simon, Tye Smith and Mohammed Seisay.

 


YourThoughts

  • John M

    Interesting. Think he’ll make the cut?

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    • art thiel

      Can’t know until he’s out there. He’s 32 in August, but knows Pete’s system. But if he can’t move well without penalties, Carroll will not let sentiment prevail.

      • John M

        Glad you noted they don’t want him downfield trying to keep up with skinny (fast) guys. His game always depended on mugging and height. Be fun to see him and Clem out there again though, brings back some great memories . . .

  • jafabian

    I know Pete and John are big on second chances but considering that Browner has two strikes against him on drug testing I’m surprised he was signed. By NFL rules one more violation will earn him an indefinite suspension and if the Hawks lost in the Super Bowl against the Broncos his suspension then would have been looked at hard as a reason why. His time with the Patriots and Saints as well as his last year with the Hawks show that he’s in decline Since he’s getting paid by the Saints already I suppose this is a financially sound move and he’s no guarantee to make the team especially if they draft a DB. If he does I bet they move him to safety.

  • coug73

    Rush linebacker/end on throwing downs? Safety on running downs?

    • art thiel

      Likely in the mix. They don’t want him downfield on little skinny guys.

  • Jeff Shope

    They are nuts I can tell you the Saints are glad to be rid of him he is NOT the same player he once was he can’t cover anyone and gets penalized every other play. In short he was short bus special. I’m talking historically bad

    • rosetta_stoned

      From what I saw, the Saints didn’t use him the same way he’ll be used here.

      • Jeff Shope

        yes thats true because he couldn’t cover my grandma.and shes 86. And when he got beat he’d hold and get a PI it was brutal.

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