The New Orleans Saints have reached a deal on a three-year agreement with free agent cornerback Brandon Browner. The news was first reported by Pro Football Talk, and Mike Garafolo reported the deal is for three years.
The cornerback position bedeviled the Saints last season. New Orleans’ secondary gave up more than 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns, putting it comfortably among the bottom third of all NFL teams in both categories. Browner would give the Saints a physical man coverage corner.
Philadelphia still has a need at wide receiver after letting Jeremy Maclin sign with the Kansas City Chiefs. It may also try to stock up on draft picks, or make a move up the draft board to snag quarterback Marcus Mariota. Rumored trade partners include the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, all of who are picking No. 10 or worse in the draft order.
The Eagles would save a fair bit of cap space by getting rid of Mathis — $6.5 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2016. They would also be losing the highest rated offensive guard since 2011, according to Pro Football Focus.
Kelly and the Eagles are having the most fascinating offseason of any team in the NFL. We can only guess at the outcome, so in the meantime let’s all gawk at the process.
The 49ers offseason rolls on, uncomfortably
I’ve enjoyed watching Trent Baalke’s uncomfortable press conferences this year. You can sense the 49ers’ inner turmoil in each one of his statements. He was on the defensive at the Combine, testily parrying questions about the breakup with Jim Harbaugh and repeating a practiced mantra about being focused on the future. This week, he was denying just about everything related to free agency and the buzz around it.
The most sensible thing he’s said or done so far this spring is promise that Ahmad Brooks isn’t going anywhere, despite being seen by the media as a potential cap casualty.