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March 14, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Browner officially signs with Patriots

Brandon Browner signed with the New England Patriots Friday, a day after reports surfaced — and then were quickly denied — that he had reached an agreement with the team.

Several reports stated that Browner signed a three-year deal worth $17 million (though the details as to how much is guaranteed, always the key to these things, have yet to be revealed).

Browner himself announced the news, via Twitter:

That included a statement that read:

Today, I am proud to announce that I am a New England Patriot. I am honored that the Patriots are making me part of their legendary organization, and am grateful for the opportunity Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, Nick Caserio and the entire team have given me. I intend to diligently work with the same passion and dedication that I have displayed since coming into the NFL to uphold the great traditions and qualities that are embodied by the Patriots. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the Seattle Seahawks for giving a CFL player the once in-a-lifetime opportunity to return to the NFL, making a young boy’s dream come true. To Coach Pete Carroll, GM John Schneider, John Idzik, Coach Richard, Rocky Seto, the LOB, my teammates, the training staff, the equipment guys the Seahawks organization as a whole and most importantly the 12th Man, I say thank you for everything you have done for myself and my family.
I am a truly blessed person.

It had been speculated even going into the 2013 season that Browner might not be back with the Seahawks in 2014 since he will be turn 30 on Aug. 2 and was due for a big payday as an unrestricted free agent, while Seattle appeared to have a stockpile of younger, cheaper options at cornerback.

It became pretty much a certainty he wouldn’t be back when he was then suspended for violating the NFL’s drug policy for using marijuana. He had an indefinite suspension lifted, but he will miss the first four games of the 2014 season.

In New England, he will now join Darrelle Revis in the team’s secondary after Revis signed with the team earlier.

And with today’s news, Browner becomes the first member of Seattle’s famed Legion of Boom secondary to officially move on.

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