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March 5, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Would the Seahawks bring back Brandon Browner?

In the wake of the news late yesterday that Brandon Browner had been reinstated, the obvious local question was whether the Seahawks would have any interest in bringing him back.

My take? No.

Recall that the conventional wisdom heading into last season was that the team was unlikely to bring him back at what figured to be a heftier salary for a player who will be 30 this year.

And that was before the Seahawks learned just how good Byron Maxwell is and Browner ran into his issues.

Now, with Maxwell proven and in the fold cheaply for another season (due to make $645,000 in 2014), there’s even less reason to spring for Browner, even if you throw out the off-field stuff.

More interesting may be how seriously the team tries to retain Walter Thurmond, who being younger might have more suitors than Browner, but also comes with a few question marks of durability and the suspension he incurred last season, as well.

Regardless, Seattle looks pretty set in the secondary with its safeties and two starting corners intact, and with some emerging depth in Jeremy Lane at cornerback, as well as DeShawn Shead, who has played both safety and cornerback. There’s also Tharold Simon, who physically fits the bill of the bigger corner, if there is a concern about losing that aspect of what Browner brought, though his health remains an issue and it’s unclear exactly when he will be ready.

As for Browner, his case will be intriguing. His reinstatement means teams know he will be available next season at some point, and that he can participate in all off-season camps and workouts — the key in allowing him to sign with someone now. But it appears likely he will still have to sit out some games — it’s being reported that NFL teams are yet unclear exactly how many he will miss.

Veteran NFL observer Dan Pompei had some interesting thoughts today on what kind of interest there may be in Browner, including this assessment of his Seattle career:

One pro scout told me he rated him as an above average starter for the Seahawks last year. But the problem is he probably would not be an above average starter for many other teams. He has very scheme specific skills that make him effective in Seattle. At 6-4, Browner is a solid press corner, a physical player and a good tackler. But he does not have the quickness and change of direction to cover smaller receivers, or to shadow receivers all over the field. Whoever signs him will have to build their coverage scheme to his strengths. He isn’t for most teams (including probably the Bears), so I think his price tag might not be outrageous.






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