Why free agent CB Brandon Browner signing elsewhere helped the Washington Redskins

Just a few days before the Redskins signed Josh Norman, another free agent CB passed on Washington, so he says.

The opportunity to sign free agent Josh Norman was shocking and came suddenly.

The desire or at least wherewithal might not have been there if you believe Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner's story.

On April 17, Browner, also a free agent, signed a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Seahawks. He previously played for Seattle followed by one-year stints with New England and New Orleans.

Three days later, the Carolina Panther removed the franchise tag on Norman, allowing the Pro Bowler to become a free agent.


Five days after Browner agreed to a deal with his former team, the Redskins became Norman's new team with a five-year, $75 million contract.

Here's why these stories are connected: Browner claims the Redskins wanted him.


Washington's interest in the veteran corner seems plausible.

Browner, 31, and Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan were both with the Seahawks organization from 2011-13.

With Chris Culliver recovering from an injury, the Redskins were in search of more help, which eventually came in the form of Norman and third round pick Kendall Fuller. Culliver was released shortly after the draft. 

Maybe McCloughan decides it's cool to have Browner and Norman. Maybe he thinks one veteran is enough with the draft on deck. Based on pure talent, the Redskins did just fine. Browner was something of a mess last season with the Saints while Norman emerged as one of the game's best corners. 

Something tells me this never makes the list of great "What If" scenarios in Redskins history. If Norman lives up to the contract, perhaps Browner's decision makes the "dodged a bullet" list instead,

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