30-Year-Old Cornerback – New England Patriots
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
The 6-4, 221-pound cornerback -- who must serve a four-game suspension to start the season, figures to start opposite Darrelle Revis upon his return the Patriots' secondary in Week 5. ...
2014 ADP: –
Bye Week: 10
Brandon Browner Contract Information:
Signed a reserve/futures contract with the Seahawks in January 2011.
Browner is set to return from his suspension this week, ESPN.com reports.
To instantly reveal our fantasy analysis of every player – including Brandon Browner – simply subscribe now.
|Tackles||Defensive Stats||Fumbles||Kick Ret||Punt Ret|
Age is determined on September 1st of each season.
|Snap Count||Tackles||Defensive Stats||Fumbles||Kick Ret||Punt Ret|
A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.
Brandon Browner: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)With Browner and Darrelle Revis both on board, the Patriots have a shutdown corner on one side and an intimidating physical presence on the other. That's not to say that the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Browner can't also cover, but his lack of speed and fluidity may be more of an issue now that he doesn't get to play in an elite secondary behind an elite pass rush. Of course, the Patriots aren't exactly starved for defensive talent, and that's particularly true now that Revis and Browner project as the starting cornerback duo. Browner's suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season, which is probably more of a concern for prospective IDP owners than it is for the perennial AFC East champions.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Browner played eight games last season before he was suspended for marijuana use. The NFL considered that a Stage 3 offense, which brought a one-year suspension, because he did not submit to urine tests while playing in the Canadian Football League from 2007 to 2010 after first failing a test for marijuana use while he was with the Denver Broncos in 2006. Browner threatened to sue the league, arguing that the NFL had no right to test him when he was playing in the CFL. The backtrack by the league likely saves Browner's career. He is free to sign with another team and participate in offseason and preseason practices.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Browner was originally suspended for his second violation of the league's substance abuse policy on Dec. 18, but definitely didn't see eye to eye with commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the length of the suspension. After threats of legal action ensued, Browner and the league were eventually able to come to terms on a reinstatement. The free agent will now look to catch on elsewhere, with hopes that he can return to his 2011 Pro Bowl form.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Browner's appeal was denied Wednesday, and he was suspended "indefinitely." Browner, who has been out with a hamstring injury since Week 11, can apply for reinstatement after his suspension, but by then he will not have played in more than a year. Browner is done as a Seahawk, which he acknowledged Wednesday through Twitter, and could be done in the NFL. "We will continue to exhaust all administrative remedies," Browner's agent, Peter Schaffer, said. "If not successful, we will sue the living daylights out of the league."
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Not only will Browner be unavailable for the Seahawks' upcoming playoff run and a large majority of the 2014 season, he may not ever play another down in the NFL. After he finishes serving the suspension, he would have to apply for reinstatement into the league. There's no guarantee the NFL would accept Browner in light of his status as a repeat offender of the league's drug policy and his refusal to simply accept both of his suspensions rather than appeal.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Browner was expected to miss several more weeks due to a fairly serious groin injury but is an excellent corner when healthy. With fellow corner Walter Thurmond also out on suspension, a strong Seahawks squad suddenly has some issues for the stretch run and into the playoffs. For what it's worth, several sources have claimed that Browner is denying it's a second PED violation, but regardless of the violation, it looks like he'll be off the field for the foreseeable future. With his contract up at the end of the season, Browner may have played his last game for Seattle.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A former CFL star, Browner has become a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Seahawks. At 6-4, 221, he outmuscles most receivers yet has enough speed to not get beat deep. He has nine interceptions the last two years but doesn't get enough tackle opportunities (44 tackles last season) to be an IDP option, and his passes defensed dropped from 23 in 2011 to six last year as quarterbacks stopped throwing his way. After missing four games last year to a drug suspension, he'll again line up as the starting right corner, forming perhaps the league's best cornerback tandem with Richard Sherman.
Browner is an odd story, and an even stranger sight. The former CFL product was a 16-game starter for the Seahawks last year – his first with the team and first in the NFL since he was an undrafted rookie in 2005 and spent that entire year on the IR – and he looks more like a linebacker than a cornerback at 6-4, 221. He was quite a playmaker for the Seahawks, complementing a lackluster tackle total (54) with six interceptions, two of which he took back for touchdowns, and 23 passes defended.