Brandon Browner

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Brandon Browner
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Browner with the Seahawks in 2011
No. -- Free agent
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-08-02) August 2, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 221 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Sylmar (CA)
College: Oregon State
Undrafted: 2005
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Tackles: 218
Quarterback sacks: 0.0
Interceptions: 12
Forced fumbles: 3
Pass deflections: 55
Player stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics
Tackles: 88
Interceptions: 8
Sacks: 0
Forced fumbles: 0
Player stats at CFL.ca

Brandon Kemar Browner[1] (born August 2, 1984) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. In 2005, Browner signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon State. Browner played four seasons with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) where he was a three-time CFL All-Star and won a Grey Cup championship in 2008 before signing with the Seattle Seahawks before the 2011 season. After winning the Super Bowl with Seattle in 2013 and the New England Patriots in 2014, Browner became one of the few players to win two consecutive Super Bowls as a member of two different teams.

High school career[edit]

Browner was a Prep Star West All-Region and All-Valley Mission League selection at Sylmar High School (northern area of Los Angeles) as a senior. He also earned Mission League MVP honors. As a junior, Browner played at James Monroe High School in North Hills, Los Angeles. During his prep career, he competed as a receiver where he accounted for 1,726 career yards and 24 touchdowns, and on defense as a cornerback where he recorded 16 career interceptions. As a senior, he also returned three punts for touchdowns. Browner also lettered in track and field at James Monroe, competing in the high jump, triple jump and 200 meters.

College career[edit]

Browner played in college for Oregon State University. Browner redshirted in 2002 at Oregon State. He then went on to start in every game he played in for the Beavers. Browner was named to the Freshman All-America teams by the Football Writers Association and The Sporting News in 2003. He was chosen Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year and was a member of the All-Pac-10 second team. He ranked ninth in the nation with six interceptions and recorded 43 tackles (37 solo) with six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and three stops for losses as a redshirt freshman. He helped the program weather the 2002 departures of Dennis Weathersby, Calvin Carlyle and Terrell Roberts.

Browner added All-America and All-Pac-10 Conference honors from The NFL Draft Report in 2004. Lining up at right cornerback, he regularly faced the opponent's top receiver. Browner recorded 44 tackles (37 solo) with a sack, nine pass deflections and a blocked kick in 2004. He finished his two-year collegiate career with 87 tackles (74 solo), a 2-yard sack, five stops for losses of 16 yards, two forced fumbles, 15 pass deflections and six interceptions for 74 yards in returns and a touchdown.

Professional career[edit]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Browner was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in 2005. However, Browner fractured his left forearm August 20 against San Francisco, was placed on injured reserve on August 25, 2005, and he missed the entire 2005 season before being waived on July 24, 2006.

Calgary Stampeders[edit]

Browner signed with the Calgary Stampeders in 2006. His speed and competitive effort made him a fan favorite in his short time with the team. He won the 2008 Grey Cup with Calgary and was named a CFL All-Star for the season. Browner was also selected to the CFL All-Star team after the 2009 season.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Browner signed with the Seattle Seahawks and started every game of the 2011 season. Highlights of that season included a Seattle-record 94 yard interception return against the New York Giants in a Week 5 victory and two interceptions in a win against Vince Young and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 1, 2011. Browner was suspended for four games in 2012 for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy for using a prescription drug.[2] Despite this setback, Browner was added to the 2012 Pro Bowl roster as a replacement for an injured Carlos Rogers.[3]

On December 18, 2013, the NFL erroneously reported Browner was facing an indefinite suspension for again violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug rules.[4] The suspension kept him from playing in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos. Without Browner, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl 43-8 to give the franchise their first championship.

The suspension was later changed to reflect a substance abuse issue related to missing drug tests during the time Browner was unsigned by an NFL team and played football in the CFL, prior to the Seahawks contract.[5] On March 4, 2014, he was officially reinstated by the NFL.[6] His suspension was reduced to the first four games of the 2014 season.[7]

New England Patriots[edit]

On March 14, 2014, Browner signed with the New England Patriots on a three-year, $17 million contract.[8][9] After serving his 4-game suspension, Browner was inactive for the next 2 games. He made his season debut in week 7 against the New York Jets, where Browner recorded a tackle. Browner finished the season with 25 tackles and an interception in 9 games. He helped the Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX over his former team, the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. In the Super Bowl, Browner recorded 3 tackles.

At the start of free agency, the Patriots did not pick up a $2 million roster bonus due to him, making him a free agent eligible to sign with any team.[10]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On March 12, 2015, Browner signed with the New Orleans Saints.[11] In September, he was elected as one of the defensive team captains (along with Cameron Jordan).[12] Browner finished with 76 tackles and 1 interception.[13] Browner's year in New Orleans was not a successful one: he ended the season rated as one of the least effective cornerbacks in the league, and received more penalties for the season than any player in the league since this statistic began tracking in 1999.[14] On February 2, 2016 Browner tweeted that the Saints were going to release him.[15] On March 10, Browner was released. In late May 2016, Browner received attention when he responded to criticism from a Saints fan on Instagram about his performance and salary, stating that he "took that few millions (and) ran with it" when he left the Saints.[16]

Return to Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On April 17, 2016, Browner signed a one year deal for the veteran minimum salary ($760,000) with his former team, the Seattle Seahawks,[17] reforming the original Legion of Boom. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll stated Browner would play a different role than the previous stint with the Seahawks as a hybrid corner/safety/linebacker in the nickel package. However, the Seahawks released Browner on August 29, after the team's third preseason game. [18]

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR Yards INT IR YARDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2011 SEA 16 54 51 3 0.0 0 0 0 6 220 37 94 2 23
2012 SEA 12 44 35 9 0.0 3 1 0 3 39 13 35 0 6
2013 SEA 8 19 18 1 0.0 0 0 0 1 49 49 49 0 10
2014 NE 9 25 20 5 0.0 0 0 0 1 32 32 32 0 6
2015 NO 16 76 63 13 0.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 10
Career 61 218 187 31 0.0 3 2 0 12 340 28 94 2 55

[19]

In 2011, 2014 and 2015, Browner led the NFL in penalties committed during the regular season.[20][21]

Seahawks franchise records[edit]

  • Longest interception return for touchdown (season): 94 (October 9, 2011, vs New York Giants)
  • Most interception yards returned (season): 220 (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com. 
  2. ^ Brandon Browner of Seattle Seahawks suspended for four games - ESPN
  3. ^ "Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner added to Pro Bowl". Seattle Times. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Pelissero, Tom (December 19, 2013). "Seahawks' Brandon Browner suspended indefinitely". USAToday.com. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  5. ^ Eaton, Nick (December 4, 2013). "Seahawks' Brandon Browner could escape one-year ban". SeattlePI.com. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  6. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (March 5, 2014). "Brandon Browner conditionally reinstated by NFL". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  7. ^ Pelissero, Tom (March 5, 2014). "CB Brandon Browner suspended first four games of 2014 NFL season". USAToday.com. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  8. ^ Patriots sign veteran DB Brandon Browner
  9. ^ "Patriots sign CB Brandon Browner to three-year deal". si.com. Retrieved March 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ Reiss, Mike. "Patriots don't pick up Brandon Browner option, making him free agent". ESPN. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce a number of roster moves on Thursday". NewOrleansSaints.com. March 12, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  12. ^ Katherine Terrell, "New Orleans Saints vote three new captains for 2015 season", The Times-Picayune, September 10, 2015.
  13. ^ "Brandon Browner". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  14. ^ Orr, Conor (May 31, 2016). "Brandon Browner took 'millions and ran with it'". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  15. ^ "Sources: N.O. to cut Browner, who bids 'farewell'". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  16. ^ Dabe, Christopher (May 30, 2016). "Brandon Browner 'took that few millions (and) ran with it,' he says on Instagram". Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  17. ^ Bob Condotta, "Details of Brandon Browner’s contract reveal low risk for Seahawks ", Seattle Times, April 21, 2016.
  18. ^ "Seahawks Make Roster Moves". 
  19. ^ "Brandon Browner Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  20. ^ "NFL Penalties". Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "Your penalty all-stars: Most-flagged NFL players through Week 6". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 

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