While Brandon Browner is no sure thing to make Seattle’s roster, it didn’t cost the Seahawks much to bring him back — and won’t cost anything if they let him go.
As expected, he received the veteran minimum of $760,000 and will count just $600,000 on the veteran minimum-salary benefit. The Saints had guaranteed him $2.75 million in 2016, so they will be paying the balance.
One other reason the Seahawks were not interested in more than a minimum investment: Browner is still in the NFL drug-testing protocol, and another positive test could put him out for a year or more.
Browner will not count against the Seahawks in the compensatory formula because he was released by the Saints.
So, basically, the Seahawks risked nothing by trying out the LOB original.
One interesting side note: When Browner signed with the Patriots in 2014, it netted the Seahawks a sixth-round comp pick in 2015. They used that pick on Oregon State defensive end Obum Gwacham, who coincidentally ended up playing with Browner in New Orleans after the Saints picked him up off waivers.
If Browner makes the team, he will see both his other teams as the Seahawks visit both the Patriots and Saints next season.