New Orleans Saints defensive back Brandon Browner said "farewell" in a tweet posted Friday morning.
Browner, a constant punching bag among fans and pundits, spent one season with the Saints and was a disappointing free agent acquisition who set a record for most defensive penalties in a season.
Adding free-agent Browner to the mix played an obvious role in the Saints’ penalty problems in the defensive secondary. By signing Browner, New Orleans obtained a player who had already led the NFL in penalties twice in his career, and the cornerback set an NFL record by drawing 24 flags, 19 of which resulted in a first down for the opponent.
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New Orleans knew Browner’s history. Browner’s previous team, New England, set a team record with 45 first downs allowed by penalty in 2014, a year when he allowed 12.
Browner signed a three-year, $15 million deal during the offseason.
“I don’t think he’s much different than where we’ve been as a defense,” Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen said toward the end of the season. “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.”
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