The New England Patriots declined Browner's option on Tuesday, making the cornerback an unrestricted free agent. The Pats had faced a Monday deadline to pick up $1.9 million team option.
Browner enters a market that has been very good to cornerbacks. However, he has his faults -- he's on the wrong side of 30, has been suspended for PED use, and is a magnet for penalty flags -- but his unique size (6-foot-4 and 221 pounds) makes him an enticing option in a league that's fallen in love with big corners. Browner graded out as ProFootballFocus.com's No. 79 cornerback last season.