Brandon Browner posts farewell to New Orleans, done with the Saints?
It appears that New Orleans Saints fans will get their wishes early, as veteran cornerback Brandon Browner appears to be done in the Big Easy.
Browner took to social media on his personal Twitter and Instagram accounts early this morning to bid farewell to the city of New Orleans, and thank fans for the season.
By cutting Brandon Browner, it creates $5.35 million in dead money for the Saints, and will only create $950K in savings. He originally signed a 3-year, $15 million contract with the team as a free agent in 2015. He was guaranteed $7.75 million. In a column I wrote for WDSU-TV back in December, I believe the Saints issues go far beyond Browner. However, this is a step in the right direction.
Browner finished with a Pro Football Focus grade of -43.6 on 1,039 snaps, which was the lowest on the team and worst out of 118 total cornerbacks. Opposing quarterbacks finished with a 122.5 QB Rating against Browner. Season totals saw Browner targeted 88 times, and receivers finished with 56 receptions, 964 yards, and 7 touchdowns. Opposing receivers also had 382 yards after the catch, which was 3rd highest among cornerbacks.
Twitter feuds, reporter and locker room run-ins, and some questionable plays on the field have all left us wondering why Browner was tabbed a captain of the defense. Saints fans have little to no love for him, and made it a point to boo Browner in the home season finale against Jacksonville after being introduced as a starter.