After two free agent visits to Foxboro, the Patriots finally made it official today with the signing of cornerback Tarell Brown, an eight-year veteran out of the University of Texas. Brown, who played one season with the Raiders after playing for the 49ers from 2007-2013, has started 56 of 59 games over the last four seasons and proved to be a good cornerback that plays smart and has very good technique. Brown broke his foot at the end of the 2014 season and the Raiders put him on injured reserve. He was on a one-year deal and the Raiders decided they were going in another direction. Brown was reportedly receiving offers from up to four teams, but signing with New England gives Brown another chance to return to the Super Bowl. The deal is for one year; financial terms were not disclosed.
Brown, 30, attended North Mesquite High School in North Mesquite, Texas, and was a four-star recruit who appeared in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Game. Brown was recruited by Texas, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Texas A&M before ultimately deciding on signing with the Longhorns. Brown played immediately, mostly on special teams; he appeared in ten games and picked up 109 yards on six kick returns. He got more playing time on defense as a sophomore, making two interceptions and proving to the coaching staff that he could make big plays. He also had six more kick returns for 98 yards.
Brown became a starter his junior year, making 54 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one interception, one forced fumble, and nine passes defended. In 2006, Brown helped lead Texas to a National Championship win over USC. He finished the year with 42 tackles and one forced fumble. Off the field issues cost Brown in the draft as he slipped to the fifth round. He was selected with the 147th pick by the San Francisco 49ers, the team he remained with until the end of the 2013 season. Brown has started 61 games and appeared in 114, making 261 tackles, 34 assisted tackles, 11 interceptions, 61 passes defended, two fumble recoveries, and an interception returned for a touchdown.
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