The details of the contract Brandon Browner got from the Seahawks reveal that it is indeed a low-risk contract for Seattle.
And as expected, they show that this is a low-risk deal for the Seahawks as Browner is getting the veteran minimum of $760,000 with a salary cap number of $600,000 and no money guaranteed (and if you want an explanation of the split aspect of the deal mentioned there, here you go. But essentially, it’s a hedge against injury with Seattle owing Browner only $428,000 if he ends up on Injured Reserve).
Browner is thought to have had some other offers, but has made it clear he wanted to return to Seattle, and ultimately did so with the Seahawks paying Browner only what they had to.
One reason Browner could take a minimum deal is that he is guaranteed a $2.75 million salary this year from the Saints, who released him in March.
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Browner will make the same with the Seahawks as DeShawn Shead, with whom he will be competing for a role in the secondary along with Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane, who will have starring roles (Lane could move inside to the slot if Browner or Shead or someone else —- Tharold Simon? — emerges on the outside).
One thought that has emerged in the days since Browner has signed is that he could be used more situationally than the Seahawks have typically done with their defensive backs, and that the 6-4, 221-pounder could be used specifically against certain tight ends, an area where Seattle has had notable struggles the past few seasons.
Certainly, his contract reinforces the idea that the Seahawks aren’t necessarily expecting Browner to become an every-down player, similar to the deal also recently signed by defensive end Chris Clemons, who got a one-year, $1.5 million contract with $150,000 and returns with the expectation of being a situational pass rusher more than a three-down player.