RENTON – It will likely take a lot more than a little raise for the Seahawks to keep cornerback Brandon Browner happy after the 2013 season.
But for now, Browner says he is more than content after signing a new deal this week that, according to NFL.com, includes a raise of $219,000 on top of the $550,000 he was scheduled to make in the final year of his contract this season.
The contract did not include an extension, so Browner will still become an unrestricted free agent after the season, and, after making the Pro Bowl in 2011 and establishing himself as one of the better corners in the game, is sure to have some attractive options.
There’s no guarantee the Seahawks will be able to keep him. But the team’s decision to give Browner more money now when it didn’t have to might help down the road.
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“It’s a good gesture,’’ Browner said. “I’m a team guy. All it’s about for me is playing football.’’
Browner reiterated that thought when asked if he’s thought about his future as he enters a contract year, and noted that his salary now, while small by the standards of a Pro-Bowl cornerback, is a lot better than what he was making in the Canadian Football League before coming to Seattle in 2011.
“We already make more than the average guy,’’ he said. “So I’m happy and satisfied. I was up there in Canada making 50 grand, so I’m satisfied.’’
Browner had been working on the same three-year deal he signed when he came to Seattle. The extra money will help Browner make up for the $109,411 in base salary he lost last year when he was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
While money will likely be the ultimate factor for Browner after the season, he admitted that he’d love to be able to stay in Seattle and continue with the “Legion of Boom” secondary.
“I want the Legion of Boom to really mean something when it’s all said and done with, and not just something we made up last year,’’ he said. “I really want that to hold weight for years to come.’’
The Seahawks had an estimated $3.4 million in available cap space before the raise.
ProFootballTalk.com reported that Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin will get a second opinion on his ailing hip in New York on Tuesday from Dr. Bryan Kelly. Kelly is said to specialize in hips and performed surgery on former Mariner and current Yankee Alex Rodriguez earlier this year.
Coach Pete Carroll did not speak to local reporters Friday, but told USA Today Sports that Harvin would be out for the year if he required surgery.
“If you have hip surgery, it’s a lot longer than the season,” Carroll told USA Today. “Hip surgery, he’s not going to play for the season.”
Harvin was at Seattle’s practice Friday but did not participate, having been placed on the physically unable to perform list Thursday amid reports he might have a slight tear in his labrum.