Football writer Ian Rapoport tweeted the news that free agent cornerback had joined the New England Patriots. His former Legion of Boom teammate Richard Sherman even issued congratulations on Twitter. Then Browner’s agent, live from the hockey arena where he plays in an adult league, angrily put the kibosh on the news.
“I’ve got very little patience for irresponsible journalists who put this stuff out and ruin my night,” Peter Schaffer said. “My phone is going nuts. I just wanna play hockey.” Schaffer explained that Browner currently is in talks with four different teams. The New England Patriots are believed to be one of them.
“Brandon Browner has spread the word to those close to him that he has agreed with the #Patriots. Thus, my report that he has agreed,” Rapoport tweeted in an explanation. Should Browner become a Pat, he would join Darrelle Revis in a defensive backfield that would be among the best in the NFL after the makeover. Contract talks, because of Browner’s ineligible status for the first portion of the regular season, remain complicated. The physical corner, who couldn’t play in the Super Bowl because of a drug suspension, will sit out the first four games of the 2014 season.