Kraft OK with Browner signing despite violations

Kraft OK with Browner signing despite violations
March 24, 2014, 4:00 pm
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ORLANDO -- In the wake of Aaron Hernandez's arrest and release, Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke of being duped by the accused murderer.

The team would "audit" their player procurement moves, Kraft promised.

This offseason, the Patriots signed Seattle corner Brandon Browner. Browner was suspended by the NFL for substance policy violations last year. The indefinite suspension was reduced to a four-game stretch he'll serve at the beginning of this season.

Browner's violations were a strange case.

And Kraft said Monday, the team felt comfortable signing him.

"I think we've done a very good job in how we've vetted all people we're looking at," Kraft said from the NFL Owners Meetings. "We're human beings. Life takes many twists and turns that none of us can fully appreciate. This wasn't an individual that was violent with women or doing things that I would personally find objectionable. And there's always two sides to a story."

It's hard to make a case that a player with a situation as unique as Browner's should be given a chance to make good. And Kraft acknowledged that there are no sure things when betting on humans acting in a particular way.

"We're not going to be perfect," Kraft said. "But given the information I had, and the transaction we did, I'm comfortable, and pretty positive about him joining us. Hopefully he and (Darrelle) Revis will be a great combination . . . not that I'm telling Bill (Belichick) who to start."