Reports: Patriots meeting with Brandon Browner

Reports: Patriots meeting with Brandon Browner
March 13, 2014, 6:45 am
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Apparently, the Patriots aren't finished bolstering their defensive secondary.

As first reported by Fox25's Mark Ockerbloom and confirmed by several other media outlets, New England is meeting with free-agent cornerback Brandon Browner today. Browner was a Pro Bowl corner with the Seahawks in 2011, but has run afoul of the league's substance-abuse policy in each of the last two seasons. From Pro Football Talk's Curtis Crabtree:

Browner and his agent, Peter Schaffer, reached an agreement with the league and the NFL Players Association to conditionally reinstate Browner with caveats if he continues to comply with the substance-abuse policy. Browner will still serve a four-game suspension to begin next season and will be docked an additional four game checks after that. However, Browner gained the ability to sign with an NFL team this offseason and participate in training camp and offseason activities before serving the suspension.

Browner figures to come cheap, what with the PED package he's carrying, and his presence -- coupled with Revis on the other side of the field -- would dramatically alter the Patriots' pass defense, which has been a weakness almost from the time that Ty Law left town. Having two strong cornerbacks would free the Pats from having to play the soft zones that enabled the Colts in 2006 and the Giants in 2007 and '11 to engineer last-minute, length-of-the-field drives that cost New England three championships.