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Saints to dump Brandon Browner on March 9

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Earlier this month, cornerback Brandon Browner seemed to say goodbye to New Orleans. Early next month, New Orleans will be saying goodbye to Brandon Browner.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Saints will release Browner after the new league year begins on March 9.

The move will result in either a $2.6 million cap charge for 2016, or a split of $1.3 million in 2016 and 2017, if he’s designated as a post-June 1 departure.

Browner has a $750,000 roster bonus due on the third day of the league year, along with another $1.5 million in 46-man and 53-man roster bonuses, and a base salary of $2.75 million for 2016.

He signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Saints following a season in New England, which culminated in rare back-to-back championships with different teams (Browner was a member of the 2013 Seahawks). The unsung hero of Super Bowl XLIX, Browner prevented a Seattle receiver from executing a pick on Malcolm Butler, who sealed the win with a goal-line interception.

After a short early-career stint in the NFL, Browner went to Canada for several years before landing with the Seahawks.

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26 Responses to “Saints to dump Brandon Browner on March 9”
  1. jjb0811 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:25 AM

    Earned millions and 2 rings. Solid career.

  2. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 24, 2016 10:30 AM

    “The unsung hero of Super Bowl XLIX, Browner prevented a Seattle receiver from executing a pick on Malcolm Butler, who sealed the win with a goal-line interception.”
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    LOL yeah by grabbing him by the horse collar and holding him.

    Browner was suspended by the Seahawks for the last 6 games of the 2013 season and never played for them in the playoffs or the Super Bowl win because of a weed suspension. Looks like his career is over. Another player Pete Carroll found off of somebody else’s scrap heap.

  3. Irsay's Bong says: Feb 24, 2016 10:42 AM

    Penalty Machine

  4. intrafinesse says: Feb 24, 2016 10:56 AM

    Another terrible decision my the Saints GM (Micky Loomis).
    They have serious cap problems, and signing Browner sure didn’t help.

  5. luckyjim1980 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:57 AM

    I’ve seen the film of the final drive of SB 49 countless times. The horse collar mentioned above was apparently a phantom one.

  6. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Feb 24, 2016 11:08 AM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Feb 24, 2016 10:30 AM
    “The unsung hero of Super Bowl XLIX, Browner prevented a Seattle receiver from executing a pick on Malcolm Butler, who sealed the win with a goal-line interception.”
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    LOL yeah by grabbing him by the horse collar and holding him.

    Browner was suspended by the Seahawks for the last 6 games of the 2013 season and never played for them in the playoffs or the Super Bowl win because of a weed suspension. Looks like his career is over. Another player Pete Carroll found off of somebody else’s scrap heap.
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    Even if he had horse collared the guy and stopped the pick illegally he probably learned to do it in Seattle. Just commit PI on every play and the refs won’t call it eventually is Seattle’s creed.

  7. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 24, 2016 11:20 AM

    I’m grateful he helped us win a SB but I can’t forgive him for ruining Wes Welker’s career. Welker was never the same after that vicious hit Browner put on him. Brady should take some of the blame too for leading him to that buzzsaw.

  8. pastabelly says: Feb 24, 2016 11:45 AM

    He was the unsung hero of the Super Bowl. nflbreakdowns dot com has great video and said this about Browner’s play.

    “Wilson snaps the ball and Browner immediately jams Kearse on the line of scrimmage. THIS is where the play is won for NE. Kearse’s goal is to interfere with Butler’s man-to-man coverage responsibilities on Lockette, but Browner stops Kearse immediately at the line. This is an amazing jam that set up the play for Butler.”

    It was a great play by Butler and great execution of the defense by Browner. He was not a great defender, but it makes sense that you would want him the game in any short yardage or goal line situation because he’s big, takes up space, and he can play a physical game.

  9. It Takes 3 Mannings To Equal One Brady says: Feb 24, 2016 12:13 PM

    When Seahawks fans whine and cry about things like “a horse collar” on that play, you just add more ammunition to the idea that Seahawks fans are dumb, and have only been around for 5 years.

    First, Browner did nothing against the rules on that play. You would be the first to brag about how amazing that play was if Browner was still playing for Seattle.

    Second, its getting old listening to Seahawks fans brag about how awesome their GM is, finding gems like Browner, and then trashing him when he isn’t on the team any more. The flip flopping from Seahawks fans is nauseating. Browner and Sherman were awesome, and then when Browner was out it was “we don’t need Browner because Maxwell is better”. Then Maxwell left via FA and it was “we didn’t need him, Lane is better”. Same thing at RB. “We don’t need Lynch, cuz Turbin is better”. Then “we don’t need Turbin, Michael is better”. Then it was “We don’t need Michael cuz Rawls is better”. Etc etc etc.

    Now I will say it is not all Seahawks fans, but there is a large number of them.

  10. balt88 says: Feb 24, 2016 12:30 PM

    Apparently there are things you can get away with if you play for the Seahawks or Patriots but isn’t allowed if you play for the Saints….

  11. theembalmed says: Feb 24, 2016 12:32 PM

    Party is at my house!!!

    been waiting for this day since they signed him!!

  12. shackdelrio says: Feb 24, 2016 12:37 PM

    Might have been the worst player in the NFL last season

  13. doubleogator says: Feb 24, 2016 1:14 PM

    This isn’t about the Seahawks or the Patriots, it’s about the Saints releasing this worthless signing from last year after a horrible season…

  14. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 24, 2016 1:16 PM

    Browner’s penalties ended so many drives for the Saints, even when he was not so blatant in his offenses, he already had a reputation and the refs were looking for him. He played with a spotlight on him, and though he was versatile in the Saints’ defenses, his penalties just canceled out the good he did.

  15. sb44champs says: Feb 24, 2016 2:19 PM

    Apparently there are things you can get away with if you play for the Seahawks or Patriots but isn’t allowed if you play for the Saints….
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    BINGO…. We have a winner!

  16. solo681 says: Feb 24, 2016 2:45 PM

    If Browner can learn from his failure on the field with the Saints, put it behind him with the DESIRE and FORTITUDE to adjust and be better, then I hope he comes back to the Patriots at a discount.

  17. grogantomorgan says: Feb 24, 2016 3:08 PM

    solo681 says:
    Feb 24, 2016 2:45 PM
    If Browner can learn from his failure on the field with the Saints, put it behind him with the DESIRE and FORTITUDE to adjust and be better, then I hope he comes back to the Patriots at a discount.

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    No thanks, been there done that.

  18. chawk12thman says: Feb 24, 2016 3:42 PM

    NE or Seahawks both know his value, so if they show interest in him for a “deal” to augment their CB core, that will tell you he still has some value. If they show no interest, he may not be as good as he thinks he is……and teams may want to stay away. I am hopeful that the Seahawks don’t spend much money on trying to pursue him and if they get him for a song and dance; and only for looking to use him to establish more competition for depth at CB….Okay.

  19. xxsweepthelegxx says: Feb 24, 2016 3:50 PM

    balt88 says:
    Feb 24, 2016 12:30 PM
    Apparently there are things you can get away with if you play for the Seahawks or Patriots but isn’t allowed if you play for the Saints….
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    sb44champs says:
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    BINGO…. We have a winner!
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    I’m not sure I understand. Although Browner won a championship in NE, he was THE most penalized defensive player in the league with 15. Unlike in NO this past year, the Pat’s that year had a good TEAM around him to make up for his DPI calls.

  20. mrlaloosh says: Feb 24, 2016 8:53 PM

    The Saints wish he only has 15 DPI penalties. I’m pretty sure he set an NFL record with 26 last year. The defense was bad enough but he kept many a drive alive for the opposition.

  21. truthinesshurts says: Feb 24, 2016 10:29 PM

    I know you’re correct – he set the all-time individual record for penalties with the Saints (but they only started tracking penalty stats in 1999). I wasn’t able to actually find his final season penalty stats when I looked just now, just the stories after the 22 December game where he broke the record with 24 penalties, 21 of which were accepted. It might have gone higher before the season ended…?

    As to talk of him washing out of the league, did you notice Robert McLain starting at CB in the Super Bowl after being cut in September, and going unsigned until mid-December ? Even “adequate” CBs are at a premium, and somebody will want Browner at some $ price, especially to add the capability to match up against the mega-sized receivers that some teams have. If he still wants to play, he’ll play. I’d happily sign him to a minimum deal just to have him available as a backup / to match up with big guys.

  22. truthinesshurts says: Feb 24, 2016 10:53 PM

    Since it’s off season and we’re bored… I found a Browner video of a “helmet to helmet” hit on Chargers tight end Ladarius Green. Turned out he never hit him with his own helmet, but my God, he just leveled him with mostly shoulder-shoulder impact. He knocked him out, not a good thing for concussion… He did make contact with Green’s facemask, whether or not it still should have been a penalty…Free Brandon Browner !!!

  23. pantherfan4055 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:47 AM

    And the aints thought he was going to lock receivers down. Ginn destroyed this guy. Sad thing is browner is a good corner but they dident use him right

  24. sb44champs says: Feb 25, 2016 10:16 AM

    And the aints thought he was going to lock receivers down. Ginn destroyed this guy. Sad thing is browner is a good corner but they dident use him right
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    Let me rephrase that for you… Browner WAS a good corner.

    How did that Super Bowl run turn out for y’all? LOL

  25. joshgordonsbong says: Feb 26, 2016 8:10 PM

    knew he was done with the saints during that skins game where he stopped following the runner to lay out some innocent dude hahaha i LOL’d sure Payton and crew didn’t

  26. orivar says: Feb 27, 2016 6:28 AM

    He should of never went to the Saints. At least he got paid but they didn’t mesh at all. Saints & Defense don’t go together either.

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