Even after signing LaMarr Woodley and Justin Tuck since the start of free agency, the Oakland Raiders aren’t done upgrading their defense. The latest player to fall into the crosshairs is cornerback Brandon Browner, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks.
Browner is suspended for the first four games of the 2014 campaign after violating the league’s substance abuse policy, but still offers some significant intrigue heading into his fifth NFL season. He was a valuable part of the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” last season, and showed well in eight starts before a groin injury derailed his season.
On top of off-field issues, though, Browner is closing in on 30 years of age, and doesn’t have too many years left in the tank. Especially if he continues to have issues with the NFL, the risk might outweigh the potential benefit he brings to a defense.
If he was to sign with the Raiders, Browner would slide in as the starter across from 2013 first-round pick D.J. Hayden going into 2014. Especially after Oakland lost three of their top four cornerbacks to free agency this offseason, his presence would alleviate many of the woes the Raiders face heading into the season.
Browner has already met with the New England Patriots and is scheduled to meet with the Washington Redskins on Friday. If he walks away from D.C. without a contract his in hand, the Raiders’ chances of signing him will grow exponentially. They easily have the most money to offer him, and could all but guarantee him a starting job in Oakland.
As of right now, the two sides are only talking. A visit to team headquarters could be just what the Raiders need to table a big offer and keep Browner on the west coast.