When the New England Patriots won Super Bowl 49, the team had what was unquestionably one of the top secondaries in all of football. The safety position has remained relatively unchanged with Devin McCourty and Pat Chung still manning the starting spots, but the team lost both of their starting corners in star Darrelle Revis and bruising corner Brandon Browner.
Revis made the decision to bail on the Patriots for more money, returning to the mess of an organization that is the New York Jets. When Revis opted to go, the Patriots instantly let go of Browner. At the time, Revis was arguably the best man-to-man cover corner in the league, and that allowed Browner's physical style of play to coexist and flourish in New England's secondary.
With a clear lack of man-to-man cover skills on the team, Browner's style of play no longer fit with the Patriots, and he signed a 3-year deal to play in New Orleans.
Clearly the Saints did not realize the type of player Browner is, as he was poorly used and is going to be released by New Orleans this March, according to multiple reports.
Reading the report, I instantly began to ponder a return to New England for Browner, and I'm sure I wasn't alone.
As I mentioned, when the Patriots and Browner parted ways, it was due to the fact that there was no longer a lockdown man-to-man corner who could compliment his style of play. But that is no longer the case.
This season, Super Bowl 49 hero Malcolm Butler has developed into a magnificent corner, and has picked up right where Revis left off. He was selected to the Pro Bowl, and some in the national media are even starting to rank Butler among the top five in the league at the position.
So, with a legit, lockdown cornerback in New England once again, could the Patriots bring back Brandon Browner and essentially recreate their Super Bowl 49 secondary? It's certainly a possibility.
By Jacob Young