It’s a common narrative that Brandon Browner is a good cornerback. After all, he’s the only play in the NFL to win each of the last 2 Super Bowls, as he was on the Seahawks in 2013 and the Patriots in 2014. Plus, he’s so big (6-4 221)! Well, he didn’t even play past week 10 for the Seahawks in 2013 because of suspension and he’s one performance enhancing drug suspension away from at least a year long ban, which has to be a red flag on his resume.
In 2014, the Patriots won the Super Bowl in spite of him as he graded out below average, thanks in large part to the 15 penalties he committed in 9 games, 19 penalties in 12 games if you include the playoffs, after he missed the start of the season with the rest of that suspension. The only thing Browner seems to like more than getting in trouble with the league for performance enhancing drugs is getting in trouble with the refs for various holding and pass interference calls that extend opponent’s drives.
His penalty problem isn’t a new thing either as he’s committed 48 penalties in 50 career games, including playoffs. That problem isn’t going to get better as he goes into his age 31 season, in a league that is getting increasingly tough on coverage penalties. Browner graded out above average in each of his first 3 seasons in the NFL from 2011-2013, after starting his career in the CFL, but I think his best days are behind him, especially since he’s never had a good season outside of Seattle’s system. The Saints obviously needed cornerback help, but they overpaid by giving him 15 million over 3 years with 7.75 million guaranteed.