Brandon Browner is one half of the new cornerback duo that was welcomed to the New England Patriots this offseason, the other half being Darrelle Revis. Browner, who comes to the Patriots from the Seattle Seahawks, is a one-time Pro-Bowler and former Canadian Football League star. After some controversy last season concerning PEDs, Browner is preparing for what could be his year in New England.
Browner has had a somewhat tumultuous football career thus far. He is now playing for his fourth team in less than 10 years, missed his entire season with the Denver Broncos in 2005, the team that signed him as an undrafted free agent and was not allowed to play in the Super Bowl with the Seahawks due to a pending suspension. Luckily for Browner, the Patriots have a way of changing players, giving each man they sign the best opportunity to succeed if only for a season or two.
The cornerback duo of Browner and Revis has the potential to be the best in the NFL. Expectations surrounding Revis are obvious and expected, but Browner has the talent to be a standout player on the defense as well. Browner recorded only one interception last season in part due to playing in only eight games, but his previous two seasons he earned a total of nine interceptions, allowing him to keep pace with fellow cornerback Richard Sherman, who earned 12 interceptions of his own in the same time.
Browner, who has faced complaints on behalf of the Washington Redskins for being overly aggressive in joint team practices last week, may own just the right amount of attitude necessary to be successful in New England. Similar to former Patriot Aqib Talib, Browner employs a certain sass that translates well onto the football field, leaving opponents frustrated and vulnerable — characteristics that should only bode well for Browner.
As far as cornerbacks go, Browner will obviously begin as but a shadow behind Revis. It will be his job to step out from behind the once best cornerback in the NFL and earn his spot on the Patriots’ roster.