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.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, New England would like to restructure Browner’s contract and have allowed the corner’s side to explore his value around the NFL. Though around the NFL, it appears the value at the position is strong, with veteran headliners reportedly agreeing to contracts in the vicinity of $8 million per year.
Browner, a former Pro Bowler with the Seattle Seahawks, may not be on that same plane. Yet only 364 days ago, the plane Browner was on saw him sign a three-year, $16.8 million contract with New England.
That deal looks better with time.
The 6-foot-4, 221-pound press-man corner started final nine regular-season games for the Patriots in 2014. He lined up outside and in the box. He covered receivers and tight ends. He played his brand of football, totaling 13 penalties, 25 tackles, seven pass deflections and an interception on the way to Super Bowl XLIX versus his former team.
Where he’ll bring that brand next remains to be seen. The Patriots could ultimately release or trade Browner on Tuesday without taking a cap hit. Or, the team could exercise his option.
But what has been seen is the deadline. And that, in and of itself, has been known to spur action.