Brandon Browner’s agent was ‘just trying to play hockey’ amid false reports

Brandon BrownerFor a brief moment late Thursday night, it appeared that Brandon Browner had signed a contract with the New England Patriots. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, who is typically an incredibly reliable source, reported that Brown had reached a two-year agreement with the Pats. Browner’s agent, Peter Schaffer, was infuriated by the report.

Schaffer’s reason for being angry was one of the best you will ever hear. He claimed that Browner had not reached a deal with any team and was still weighing his options. More importantly, the allegedly false report interrupted Schaffer’s adult league hockey game.

“It’s 100 percent untrue,” agent Peter Schaffer told Pro Football Talk after the report surfaced. “I’ve got four teams to negotiate with. I’ve got irresponsible journalists who don’t check their facts putting this stuff out there, and my phone is blowing up when I’m trying to play hockey.

“I’ve got very little patience for irresponsible journalists who put this stuff out and ruin my night. My phone is going nuts. I just wanna play hockey.”

How classic is that? When my wife nags me from now on, my response is going to be that “I just wanna play hockey.”

As for the report of Browner signing with the Pats, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Thursday night that he had not signed a contract with any team. Adam Schefter confirmed that on Friday morning, noting that Browner plans to visit Washington and New Orleans while Schaffer negotiates with New England and the Oakland Raiders.

Rapoport later added that Browner had spread the word to those who are close to him that he had signed with the Patriots. He’s not the type of reporter who would throw mud at the wall and hope it sticks, so he must have spoken to a credible source. I’d be surprised if Browner doesn’t end up in New England.

Patriots reportedly interested in Brandon Browner

Brandon BrownerThe New England Patriots may have strayed away from their usual philosophy by signing Darrelle Revis to a one-year, $12 million contract on Wednesday, but Brandon Browner would represent the exact type of player Bill Belichick is always looking to add to the mix. The former Seattle Seahawks cornerback was scheduled to visit the Patriots on Thursday.

Browner will miss the first four games of the 2014 season as he serves a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He was also suspended for the final five games of last season and is a repeat offender.

When he played, the 6-foot-4, 220 pound Browner was one of the most physical cornerbacks in the league. He should come cheap because of the suspension, and some have speculated that the Patriots could try to convert Browner to a strong safety if they end up signing him. New England already has good depth at cornerback with Revis, Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington and Logan Ryan. They also have a solid free safety in Devin McCourty.

Assuming Revis provides an upgrade over Talib, the Patriots should already have an above-average secondary heading into 2014. That is a luxury they have been lacking in recent years. If they are able to sign a potentially valuable player like Browner, who will also be visiting the Washington Redskins and other teams, New England could have lockdown potential.

Brandon Browner facing one-year suspension, Seahawks career over

Brandon BrownerBrandon Browner is facing a one-year suspension for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy, and his career with the Seattle Seahawks is over, according to a report.

Browner, who has been an excellent defensive back for Seattle since 2011, missed the last four games of the season last year for violating the league’s PED policy. Browner would have failed multiple tests to be facing a one-year suspension now.

NFL Network’s Albert Breer says Browner will appeal his suspension.

Browner injured his groin in Week 10 and missed the team’s Week 11 win over the Minnesota Vikings, so the team was already prepared to be without him for possibly the rest of the season. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last week that he expected Browner to miss 4-6 weeks.

Not only is Browner out for the year, but cornerback Walter Thurmond III is also out for the next four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Thurmond is expected to drop his appeal so he can return for the playoffs.

One of the most significant developments to this situation is that NFL Network’s Mike Silver says Browner’s career with the Seahawks is over.

Seattle has quickly gone from having strong cornerbacks to being short on depth. They still have Richard Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, but they’re now much weaker at corner.

Richard Sherman, Brandon Browner reportedly facing PED suspensions

Seattle Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are facing four-game suspensions for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Schefter says both players are filing appeals and that they insist they are innocent. Their appeals could be heard this week.

USA Today’s Mike Garafolo says that both players tested positive for Adderall, which has been a highly-controversial subject matter in the NFL this season.

Adderall is used to treat ADHD, but it also contains amphetamines. Players can apply for a therapeutic use exemption from the league in order to take the medication.

Seattle lost to the Dolphins 24-21 on Sunday and is now 6-5. They are in playoff contention in the NFC, so losing both players for four games would be devastating. Sherman and Browner are among the largest corners in the NFL. Browner is 6’4″, 221 pounds, and in his second season in the league. Sherman 6’3″, 195 pounds, and also in his second season. Both players have helped Seattle rank third in the league with just 196.2 passing yards allowed per game.

Sherman has been in headlines multiple times this season. He taunted Tom Brady following a win over the Patriots, and then he bragged about shutting down Calvin Johnson.

With the way the appeals process in the NFL works, it wouldn’t be surprising if both players were cleared to play out the season before the issue is resolved.