There has been an unspoken topic this season in regards to the Seattle secondary. The bottom line is Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond are both free agents at the end of the season and the decision to keep one or both of them seems to be coming more muddled every minute.
With the amount of talented personnel that the Seahawks have to pay for in the next couple seasons it seems unlikely that both these players will still be on the roster next year. After their recent suspension troubles, who is the most likely player to stay in Seattle?
Let’s start with Browner. While Browner is one of the bruising members of the Legion of Boom he has had his troubles with the NFL both on and off the field. On the field, his aggressive(yet effective) style of play has resulted in numerous penalties over the past few seasons. Off the field, he is facing yet another potential suspension. If Browner is looking for big money at the end of the season it may be the end of the road for him in Seattle. This is not the outcome Seahawks fans necessarily want to see but the NFL is a business plain and simple.
Complicating this matter is the fact that Walter Thurmond is facing a four game suspension of his own. Prior to that it seemed like a safe bet to say Thurmond would be taking over Browner’s spot next season. There have even been a few times this season where Thurmond has been called upon to take over when Browner has struggled. But the Seahawks organization has to be concerned with any player who has a suspension under their belt and if both Thurmond and Browner come at a discounted price Browner might be the guy who returns.
In the end, if the Seahawks only keep one of these players my money is on Thurmond. He’s younger and appears to have a higher ceiling. It’s also likely that Thurmond could be the cheaper option. It’s a tough decision but it’s coming sooner rather than later.