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Browner Seals the Deal

It’ll be a welcome sight seeing these two studs playing side-by-side this upcoming season.

If there was any question about the ability of the Patriots secondary following the departure of Aqib Talib Tuesday, those doubts were quickly silenced with the signing of the more-than-comparable Darrelle Revis. But Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick weren’t quite satisfied with just one standout corner. There was another defensive back they had their eyes on, a player that, despite his troubled, drug-ridden past, boasted incredible size and a larger-than-life talent that had Pro Football Focus ranking him amongst the league’s top-15 CBs.

Reports surfaced Thursday evening that former Seattle Seahawks corner Brandon Browner had struck a two-year deal with New England, and while a preliminary agreement was in fact in place, nothing had been finalized. Friday afternoon, however, it became official: Browner had joined Revis and the rest of the Patriots backfield, signing on for three years at $17 million. For the Pats, this move made all the sense in the world. Sure, he was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy last year and has been caught using PEDs in the past, but Browner is a unique player. Not only is he large for a corner (6’4″, 225 lbs), he’s also fast. He’s an exceptional cover corner, good in man and great in zone, using his physical playing style to jam receivers at the line and throw them off their routes. In New England, Browner’s variety of talents can be exploited in a defensive scheme that Belichick is constantly altering. Hell, he could even be thrown in at safety given his ability to stop the run.

No matter where he is on the field, Browner will be sure to have an impact on the Patriots now championship-caliber defense. Just look at how he played behind Richard Sherman.

-Ryan Hartley

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