Wednesday, the NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement regarding the reinstating of former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner. Browner announced he’d been reinstated via twitter Tuesday night, but the league didn’t release official word until this afternoon.
Browner was suspended without pay for the final five games of the 2013 regular season, as well as for the entire postseason for violating the league’s substance abuse program. His suspension was originally slated to last a full year, so obviously this is good news for the player. As a condition of his reinstatement, however, Browner will also be suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season, and he’ll pay an additional four-game fine on top of that.
Browner’s contract with the Seahawks officially expires at the end of the “league year” on March 11, when he’ll become a free agent. He’ll forfeit eight games worth of pay to begin the 2014 season.
He’ll be able to participate fully in the offseason activities for whichever team he winds up with, which is obviously something he wouldn’t have been able to do had his suspension not been lifted. Browner will be eligible to play in the preseason.
He was an essential cog in Seattle’s famed “Legion of Doom” secondary, and recorded 18 tackles with an interception in eight games last year. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011, and missed a couple of other games last year nursing a groin injury.
Browner was suspended for failing to submit urine tests while playing in the CFL from 2007-2010 after he failed a marijuana tests while with the Broncos back in 2006. A player listed as a “Stage 3 offender” of the league’s substance abuse program, as Browner is, draws the automatic year-long suspension.
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