Less than 12 months after signing a three-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, cornerback Brandon Browner will reportedly be looking for a new home this offseason.
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Browner Tweets About Future
Friday, Feb. 5
According to ESPN.com's John Clayton, the Saints will cut Browner, though the team can't execute the move until after the Super Bowl.
Even though Browner's release won't likely happen until the new league year begins on Mar. 9, he indicated his future would not be in New Orleans on Twitter:
Brandon Browner @bbrowner27
https://t.co/3scqBIQ0uh2/5/2016, 1:23:40 PM
According to the ESPN.com report, the Saints will be able to save $2.25 million in total cash and $950,000 in cap space if they wait to release Browner after the new league year starts.
Browner is no stranger to moving around, having played for the Seattle Seahawks, the New England Patriots and the Saints since 2013. Last season was the first time he started all 16 games in a campaign since he was a rookie in 2011.
The 31-year-old Browner had a career-high 63 solo tackles with one interception in 2015. He struggled mightily in coverage last year, finishing with the lowest grade among 118 cornerbacks by Pro Football Focus metrics (via John Hendrix of the Sun Herald).
The Saints are facing salary-cap problems, entering 2016 nearly $8 million over the projected cap, according to OverTheCap.com.
Given the team's present situation, as well as Browner's struggles, his future seemed abundantly clear. Even though the Saints must wait to make it official, moving on is in the best interest of both parties.
Browner gets a clean slate and will be able to find a situation that caters to his strengths while being able to hide his weaknesses. He's not a No. 1 option for teams, but putting him in a situation as the No. 2 or a nickel cornerback could help him rebuild his value.