Brandon Browner has been cut by the New Orleans Saints with a post-June 1 designation, according to reports.
According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post and Houston Chronicle, the New Orleans Saints have parted ways with cornerback Brandon Browner, who ended up being one of the most underperforming free agent signings in franchise history just one year into his tenure with the Black and Gold.
The transaction flew under the radar, but should become official Thursday afternoon. Consider him finished with football activities in the Big Easy — it was expected.
Brandon Browner took to social media last month to announce that he would not be returning to New Orleans in 2016. Reports followed up with news that the Saints would be releasing him when the new league year and free agency period officially get underway, which was Wednesday as of 3:00 PM CST.
The New Orleans Saints signed Brandon Browner to a three-year deal worth $15 million last offseason in free agency. Rather than being the physical defensive presence known for his leadership qualities as a back-to-back Super Bowl champion with both the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, he was not only the most disappointing player in New Orleans, but he graded out as the worst cornerback in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.
Brandon Browner helped lead the way to a historically bad defense, where the Saints allowed an all-time NFL record of 45 passing touchdowns during the 2015 season, in addition to a 116.2 passer rating, also an NFL worst.
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Between poor on-field performances, meltdowns in the locker room, and unnecessary social media rants, the Saints and their fans, unfortunately, have had enough of Brandon Browner.
With a post-June 1 designation, Browner’s dead money changes from $5.35 million to $4.05M in 2016. The Saints will not immediately save cap space, but will eventually save $2.25M after June 1, per The Times-Picayune. That money can be used to sign rookies over the summer and what not. But the short-lived Brandon Browner era in New Orleans has come to an end.