BOSTON (CBS) — Early Thursday night, it looked like defensive back Brandon Browner was about to join the New England Patriots.
While those rumors were shot down by Browner’s agent, the free agent is still in Boston as of early Friday morning.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported via Twitter shortly after 7pm that the Patriots agreed to terms with the free-agent on a two-year deal.
But Browner’s agent, Peter Schaffer, said not so fast, and wasn’t very happy that Rapoport’s report interrupted his recreational hockey game.
“It’s 100 percent untrue,” Schaffer told Pro Football Talk shortly after Rapoport Tweeted the news. “I’ve got four teams to negotiate with. I’ve got irresponsible journalists who don’t check their facts putting this stuff out there, and my phone is blowing up when I’m trying to play hockey.”
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“I’ve got very little patience for irresponsible journalists who put this stuff out and ruin my night,” he said. “My phone is going nuts. I just wanna play hockey.”
It’s pretty entertaining to hear about an agent getting upset over a recreational hockey game, but chances are Schaffer was more upset with potentially losing some negotiating leverage with New England.
Browner is still a free agent as of Friday morning, though it appears his visit with at least one other team has been cancelled.
The Patriots are looking at Browner to help revamp their secondary. The 2011 Pro Bowler has 10 interceptions, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery during his three-year NFL career. He went undrafted out of Oregon State in 2005 and signed with the Denver Broncos, but missed the entire 2005 season with a broken forearm. He played the next four years with the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL, winning a Grey Cup in 2008, before signing with Seattle in 2011.
Browner was suspended for four games in 2012, and again for five games in 2013 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and he will also have to sit the first four games of 2014.
The 6-4 defensive back would likely make the move to safety if he signs in New England.
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