Kyle Arrington sits atop a now-cloudy Patriots cornerback position. (NFL Game Rewind)
It was Herman Edwards who once said “a goal without a plan is a wish.”
There is reason to believe a goal is in mind for the New England Patriots after one week of moves. With Darrelle Revis a New York Jet, Brandon Browner a New Orleans Saint, Shane Vereen a New York Giant, and Vince Wilfork a Houston Texan, there’s also reason to believe there is a plan.
But exactly what that plan entails hasn’t been shared by head coach Bill Belichick. And when it is, it won’t be with words.
Time will tell how the organization will address the key positional needs on the roster. It could be told in the coming weeks, in a trade, in the draft, or in the season opener next September. But right now, however it may ultimately be addressed, New England is heading into the second week of the free-agent process with newfound vacancies.
Stevie Johnson visited the Patriots to start free agency’s second week. (NFL Game Rewind)
The first wave of NFL free agency crashed down on the New England Patriots, seeing the likes of Shane Vereen, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner head into shore with the New York Giants, New York Jets and New Orleans Saints, respectively.
But now, a week out, it’s time to revisit where head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio and the Patriots stand.
It’s time to see what’s been retained, added and subtracted from the roster. And also, what’s remaining heading into the second week.
Brandon Browner has reportedly received an offer from the Saints. (NFL Game Rewind)
A return to Foxborough is now out of the equation for Brandon Browner.
The former New England Patriots cornerback, who was permitted to explore his options around the NFL before the team declined his $4.8 million option on Tuesday, has signed a deal with the New Orleans Saints, the team announced Thursday afternoon.
It is a three-year pact worth roughly $18 million, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
Brandon Browner became a free agent at 4 p.m. Tuesday. (NFL Game Rewind)
The New England Patriots had until 4 p.m. Tuesday to inform cornerback Brandon Browner that the organization had picked up his option.
According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, the organization did not.
As a result, Browner, who signed a three-year, $16.8 million contract with New England on March 12, 2014, is a free agent. The 30-year-old was scheduled to receive a $2 million roster bonus if he was on New England’s roster at the start of the new league year, and was going to account for over $5 million against the salary cap in 2015.
The Patriots’ plan for Brandon Browner will be decided Tuesday. (NFL Game Rewind)
March 10 is an important date for impending free agent Darrelle Revis. But for other reasons, the same can be said for the cornerback across from him in the New England Patriots’ secondary.
Brandon Browner is closing in Tuesday’s 4 p.m. threshold as well. The 30-year-old is scheduled to receive a $2 million roster bonus if he is on New England’s roster after it. But it would save the Patriots $4.8 million against the salary cap heading into 2015 if he is not.
And those are two alternatives the organization is well aware of heading into the new league year.
Patriots safety Devin McCourty has seen the impact of cornerback Brandon Browner first-hand. (NFL Game Rewind)
Brandon Browner has been responsible for 15 accepted penalties in nine games this season.
His infractions have included five calls for pass interference, four for holding, two for unnecessary roughness, one for illegal contact, one for illegal use of hands, one for encroachment, and one for a facemask. But the cornerback’s infractions have not outweighed his overall impact on the New England Patriots’ secondary.
They’ve only added to it.
Safety Devin McCourty furthered that sentiment in his press conference on Tuesday.
“Like I always say, when you add any type of good, physical player, he’s going to bring his style of play, his attitude and his skill to the defense. And that’s what ‘B’ has been able to do,” said McCourty, a two-time NFL All-Pro at two different positions in New England’s defense. Continue reading
Davante Adams worked his way through New England’s secondary. (NFL Game Rewind)
He turned left, right and downfield. Along the way, Davante Adams turned in his best NFL game on Sunday, leading the Green Bay Packers with six catches for 121 yards in a 26-21 victory over the New England Patriots.
The rookie second-round pick via Fresno State did so with the little things, against a secondary with several big things. But those big things, headlined by three-time All-Pro Darrelle Revis and the 6-foot-4, 221-pound Brandon Browner, had much of their attention dispersed elsewhere. And that was something Adams made the most of over the course of his 59 snaps.
It was part of the design.