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Another Plays and Grades Alumni Brandon Browner

Another Plays and Grades Alumni Brandon Browner

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  • On March 04, 2014
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Brandon Kemar Browner[1] (born August 2, 1984) is an American football cornerback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). In 2005, Browner signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon State. Browner played four seasons with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) where he was a three-time CFL All-Star and a member of Grey Cup championship team in 2008 before signing with the Seattle Seahawks before the 2011 season. After winning the Super Bowl with Seattle in 2013 and the New England Patriots in 2014, Browner became one of the only players to win two consecutive Super Bowls as a mem

High school career

Browner was a Prep Star West All-Region and All-Valley Mission League selection at Sylmar High School (northern area of Los Angeles) as a senior. He also earned Mission League MVP honors. As a junior, Browner played at James Monroe High School in North Hills, Los Angeles. During his prep career, he competed as a receiver where he accounted for 1,726 career yards and 24 touchdowns, and on defense as a cornerback where he recorded 16 career interceptions. As a senior, he also returned three punts for touchdowns. Browner also lettered in track and field at James Monroe, competing in the high jump, triple jump and 200 meters.

College career

Browner played in college for Oregon State University. Browner redshirted in 2002 at Oregon State. He then went on to start in every game he played in for the Beavers. Browner was named to the Freshman All-America teams by the Football Writers Association and The Sporting News in 2003. He was chosen Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year and was a member of the All-Pac-10 second team. He ranked ninth in the nation with six interceptions and recorded 43 tackles (37 solo) with six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and three stops for losses as a redshirt freshman. He helped the program weather the 2002 departures of Dennis Weathersby, Calvin Carlyle and Terrell Roberts.

Browner added All-America and All-Pac-10 Conference honors from The NFL Draft Report in 2004. Lining up at right cornerback, he regularly faced the opponent’s top receiver. Browner recorded 44 tackles (37 solo) with a sack, nine pass deflections and a blocked kick in 2004. He finished his two-year collegiate career with 87 tackles (74 solo), a 2-yard sack, five stops for losses of 16 yards, two forced fumbles, 15 pass deflections and six interceptions for 74 yards in returns and a touchdown.

Professional career

Denver Broncos

Browner was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Denver Broncos in 2005. However, Browner fractured his left forearm August 20 against San Francisco, was placed on injured reserve on August 25, 2005, and he missed the entire 2005 season before being waived on July 24, 2006.

Calgary Stampeders

Browner signed with the Calgary Stampeders in 2006. His speed and competitive effort made him a fan favorite in his short time with the team. He won the 2008 Grey Cup with Calgary and was named a CFL All-Star for the season. Browner was also selected to the CFL All-Star team after the 2009 season.

Seattle Seahawks

Browner signed with the Seattle Seahawks and started every game of the 2011 season. Highlights of that season included a Seattle-record 94 yard interception return against the New York Giants in a Week 5 victory and two interceptions in a win against Vince Young and the Philadelphia Eagles on December 1, 2011. Browner was suspended for four games in 2012 for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy for using a prescription drug.[2] Despite this setback, Browner was added to the 2012 Pro Bowl roster as a replacement for an injured Carlos Rogers.[3]

On December 18, 2013, the NFL erroneously reported Browner was facing an indefinite suspension for again violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug rules.[4] The suspension kept him from playing in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos. Without Browner, the Seahawks won the Super Bowl 43-8 to give the franchise their first championship.

The suspension was later changed to reflect a substance abuse issue related to missing drug tests during the time Browner was unsigned by an NFL team and played football in the CFL, prior to the Seahawks contract.[5] On March 4, 2014, he was officially reinstated by the NFL.[6] His suspension was reduced to the first four games of the 2014 season.[7]

New England Patriots

On March 14, 2014, Browner signed with the New England Patriots on a three-year, $17 million contract.[8][9] After serving his 4-game suspension, Browner was inactive for the next 2 games. He made his season debut in week 7 against the New York Jets, where Browner recorded a tackle. Browner finished the season with 25 tackles and an interception in 9 games. He helped the Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX over his former team, the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. In the Super Bowl, Browner recorded 3 tackles. On the last play of the game, he jammed Jermaine Kearse to allow teammate Malcolm Butler to get the game winning interception. At the start of free agency, the Patriots did not pick up a $2 million roster bonus due to him, making him a free agent eligible to sign with any team.[10]

New Orleans Saints

On March 12, 2015, Browner signed with the New Orleans Saints.[11] In September, he was elected as one of the defensive team captains (along with Cameron Jordan).[12] Browner finished with 76 tackles and 1 interception.[13] On February 2, 2016 Browner tweeted that the Saints were going to release him.[14] However, he has yet to be released according to the Saints roster page,[15] and will likely be released March 9, 2016 so his dead cap hit will account for 2016 and not 2015.[16]

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