Oct 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Browner Reinstated By NFL

Add one more intriguing name to the NFL’s free agency list: Brandon Browner. He announced on his Twitter account Tuesday night the NFL’s decision to reinstate him.

I received wonderful news today. The NFL has reinstated me, and I now have the opportunity to prove to the fans and my teammates how important this sport is to me. I realize now more than ever that being part of the NFL is not a right, but a privilege. I am grateful that Commissioner Goodell and my agent were able to resolve this issue in a positive, productive manner so I can continue my career, provide for my family, and help my team win a Super Bowl. Thank you to all who have gone out of their way to show their support. I will live up to your expectations of me.

Browner, a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks last season, had been suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. The suspension was in place because the Browner had been classified as a Stage Three violator of the policy, which means he would have to sit out one full calendar year before being eligible for re-instatement. However, Browner was prepared to sue the NFL for for unfairly tagging him as a Stage Three instead of Stage One. It is his argument the missed drug tests in 2006, which is a violation of the policy, happened while Browner was out of the league. This was argument enough for Browner and the NFL to come to some sort of a settlement.

Both of Browner’s failed tests for were for marijuana.

According to a report from USA Today, Browner will be eligible to be signed next week when free agency opens up and will be allowed to participate in off-season workouts, training camp, and the preseason. The catch is a multi-game suspension is likely for Browner to start the season. It is unknown right now how many games Browner would miss.

From an on-field standpoint, Browner, 29, is exactly the kind of corner the Chiefs are looking for in their secondary. At 6-4, he has the size and physical nature to do well in man-to-man and press coverage. Browner batted a groin injury and the suspension last year, but was still a positive player for Seattle in limited action. His best season was in 2011 when he ranked 10th amongst all cornerbacks in coverage with a +9 Pro Football Focus coverage grade. He’s also traditionally be good against the run.

The depth of cornerback in the draft and free agency plus the pending suspension should be enough to drive Browner’s price down into a range the Chiefs can handle. There’s already been some hints the Chiefs could be interested in Browner. If Kansas City could sign him and then draft a corner in the third or fourth round then the secondary would be in excellent shape in both the short and long-term. It would also make Brandon Flower expendable.

This isn’t the most exciting way of improving the secondary – signing a guy whom you know will be suspended to start the season – but it would be a savvy move for the Chiefs if they can also add another defensive back in the draft.


Tags: Brandon Browner Free Agency Kansas City Chiefs

  • Ryan

    Screw it… sign him up

  • Tristian

    The more I look at the tape of Browner the more I see why Seattle didn’t need him. He holds and grabs too much and doesn’t get his head around for the football enough plus he is older and has been suspended twice. We already have a corner who holds grabs and dosent turn around in Sean Smith. He has average speed but ill say this. If the chiefs switch to Seattle’s scheme he is a fit. So basically bhe is not a fit

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Not sure where he’d play.

  • andyred

    I dont see this happening. Unless flowers is moved or smith is getting released, I doubt he would come here as a backup. If he was signed to play FS, now that would be intriging….

  • tm1946

    Why not a 1 year flyer, let him rehab himself on the field? Where to play him, if he can, where ever he wants. Sorry we tried a vet. as a bench warmer last year, players need only to apply.

    • berttheclock

      Well, as long as the “grass” is not greener in KC……………….