Almost as soon as news broke that free-agent cornerback Brandon Browner had agreed to terms with the Patriots, the question was floated out into the ether: Can he play safety?
It wasn't an unreasonable query. The Patriots could use some help at safety after releasing veteran Steve Gregory earlier this offseason.
Plus, Browner is 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, and he was at his best in the Seahawks secondary when showcasing the type of physicality that is highly valued in strong safeties. If he could do it, Browner would be the perfect thumping presence in the back end of the Patriots secondary to complement the rangy Devin McCourty.
However in a conference call on Monday, Browner's introduction to the New England media, he said his new team had yet to broach the topic of changing positions.
"They haven't talked to me about playing safety," Browner said. "So far it's just . . . I'm here to play cornerback."
Browner didn't completely close the book on the possibility of a move to safety, though.
"I'll play wherever need be," he said. "I just want to play some football. I'm fortunate to be playing for a team like the Pats."
Browner has played primarily cornerback throughout his career, dating back to his college days at Oregon State. In his three-year career with the Seahawks and throughout his four-season tour of the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders, he excelled as a corner in man-to-man schemes.
He got a taste of playing some safety for the Broncos as an undrafted rookie in 2005, but for now it sounds as though Browner will be sticking to the position with which he's most familiar.