Brandon Browner bid farewell to the New Orleans Saints and fans today on twitter after apparently being cut. If the Saints plan to release Browner, there would be hardly any salary-cap relief. He is still due $2.6 million in a signing bonus and owed a guaranteed salary of $2.75 million for the 2016 season. The New Orleans Saints would save about $950,000 by releasing Browner; however, New Orleans will save $750,000 roster bonus due on March 11. Browner will count $5.35 million against the cap in dead money next season. Which further increases dead money and in addition to the amount still owed ($12.1 mil) of Junior Galette’s contract.
Browner, while sometimes good in coverage, struggled in man-to-man coverage. He was also a liability in penalty yardage often negating positive plays on defense. He was always known for his penalties so his penalty yardage was a known factor but could not negate his struggles to prevent plays. Apparently, he is not part of the future plans of the New Orleans Saints.
Browner had been flagged 24 times in the 2015 season (21 were accepted). That breaks the NFL record, which was set by Chester Pitts of the Texans in 2003, when he was flagged 22 times.
The New Orleans Advocate quoted Dennis Allen on Browner and Sean Payton on salary cap dead money. “I don’t think he’s much different than where we’ve been as a defense,” Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said. “I think there’s games where he played exceptionally well, and then there’s obviously been games where he hasn’t played quite as well.” Saints coach Sean Payton said shortly after the season that the only regrets New Orleans has in free agency or roster-building are the ones that produce dead money on the salary cap. “I think that the regrets are hindsight, and they would always be money that would be considered dead money,” Payton said in his postseason press conference.
Personally, I liked Brandon Browner but all too often his penalties were unnecessary and often cost field position allowing an opponent to more easily score. WDW wishes the best to Browner.