The Seattle Seahawks brought back former Legion of Boom member Brandon Browner this off-season with the hopes he could provide a boost to the secondary as a safety. This experiment is now over as the Seahawks released the five-year veteran after a very quiet training camp and preseason.
Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard made the call to inform Browner of his release and he stressed how Browner was doing what he was asked to do, but others were ahead of him on the current depth chart.
“He was progressing,’’ said Richard. “He was getting better every day and we just had some guys who were ahead of him, and that was it. Schematically, doing things we were asking him to do, he was coming along. But progressively guys were just in front of him.’’
Browner was with the team from 2011-2013 and was a big part of the Seahawks Super Bowl run in 2013. Browner may be running out of NFL opportunities as he has bounced from the New England Patriots to the New Orleans Saints and back to the Seahawks the last three off seasons.
Richard does not believe this is the end of the line for Browner and his NFL career.
“There’s no question,’’ said Richard. “He’s an awesome competitor. You know he wants to keep playing. He worked his butt off in the off-season to prepare himself to play a whole professional football year so I know it’s still in his heart and that he still wants to play.’’
Browner is not the same player he once was in the original Legion of Boom and has been rated as one of the worst corners in football the past few seasons. Browner’s NFL opportunities are nearing its end unless a contending team is looking to add depth or a young team is looking for a mentor in its secondary.