- Rapoport adds that Browner’s argument was that he missed NFL drug tests while he wasn’t in the league and that he wasn’t notified.
- According to Rapoport, the NFL did send notification him in writing.
- ESPN’s Adam Schefter adds that Browner’s career could be in question with his reinstatement being conditional at this point.
- Schefter adds that Browner can appeal the ruling again or start serving his one-year suspension now.
Browner’s agent, Peter Schaffer, mentioned that they intend to sue NFL.
“We will continue to exhaust all administrative remedies,” Schaffer told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. “If not successful, we will sue the living daylights out of the league.”
Browner released a statement via his Twitter account.
“I want to thank the Seahawks organization for the incredible opportunity they gave me when they took a chance on a player who was out of the NFL and playing in the CFL for 4 years. I also want to thank all of my teammates, coaches, trainers, staff and the 12’s for their support, respect, and friendship and for helping me grow into the player, father, and person I am today. I have been treated with nothing but first class by everyone associated with the Seattle Seahawks and for that I am forever grateful. Although I disagree with the circumstances surrounding my suspension, I accept responsibility for all of my actions and I apologize for any that causes any unflattering reflections of my family and the Seahawks. I believe in my innocence and will continue to fight with all legal resources available to me to. Go Hawks!!!
This is horrible situation for Browner given that he was set to cash in on the open market as an unrestricted free agent. Seattle is reportedly ready to move on without Browner given that he has been suspended numerous times.
Browner, 29, has also been sidelined with a groin injury for a few weeks, so you can see why all of this could have a huge impact on his free agent stock come March.
We have him listed as the No. 37 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list, but you can expect that to change next week.