The Brandon Browner saga appears to be coming to a close for the New Orleans Saints and their fans.
According to a league source for Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the team is expected to cut cornerback Brandon Browner on March 9. Multiple local media analysts have confirmed the news. The move is likely to be made once the new league year starts on March 9 at 4:00 pm EST.
Per the report, Browner’s release could result in a $2.6 million salary cap charge for 2016 or favor the team by splitting the charge in 2016 and 2017. The $1.3 million split would only occur if Browner is designated with a post-June 1 release.
On February 5, Browner posted a farewell to New Orleans message on his personal Instagram and Facebook accounts.
Browner’s disappointing season in New Orleans 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 quarterback 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.
Browner’s departure will leave the Saints with Delvin Breaux, Keenan Lewis, Damian Swann, Brian Dixon returning from the 2015 rotation. P.J. Williams, who spent his rookie season on injured-reserve, Brandon Dixon (practice squad – reserve/future deal), and Tony Carter (free agent signing on February 8) will also compete for roles. The Saints could look to free agency and the draft for extra help.
Browner, who turns 32 at the beginning of August, will likely draw some interest on the open market as a free agent. However, teams would be wise to not throw large sums of money at him like the Saints did.