WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Brandon Browner reached an agreement with the New England Patriots on Friday, and if the manner in which he conducted himself on the way out the door in Seattle is any indicator, the Redskins missed out on a real class act.
Browner, who was scheduled to meet with the Redskins before discussions with the Patriots heated up, took the road less traveled to the NFL.
After signing with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2005, Browner missed his entire rookie season with a broken arm, only to be released at season’s end.
He’d spend the next five years clawing his way through the Canadian Football League, proving himself worthy of a chance to live out his NFL dream.
In 2011, Pete Carroll, entering his second season as Seattle’s head coach, gave Browner that chance.
Then 27, Browner responded by exemplifying his optimal upside — starting all 16 games, reeling in 6 interceptions (for 2 touchdowns) and amassing 54 total tackles that season.
After striking a deal Thursday to play for the Patriots in 2014, Browner took a moment to thank the Seahawks organization for the chance of a lifetime — to prove he belonged in the NFL.
Brandon Browner issued the following statement, via TwitLonger:
“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.”