Saints designate Brandon Browner as post-June 1 cut

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That the Saints would be parting ways with cornerback Brandon Browner came as no surprise.

Browner was terrible on the field for New Orleans last season and already said his farewell to the city, but he technically remained a member of the team into the start of the new league year. Browner’s contract called for a $750,000 bonus on the third day of the league year, however, and that appears to have spurred his official departure.

According to multiple reports, Browner’s release will hit the transaction wire on Thursday and the Saints will designate Browner as a post-June 1 cut. That designation allows the Saints to spread the remaining cap hits from Browner’s signing bonus — a total of $2.6 million — out over the next two years rather than having it all hit the cap all at once, but means they won’t get immediate cap relief since his contract will stay on the books until June 1.

Browner will be free to sign with another team at any time, although his efforts from last season will likely be a sizable deterrent for some teams.