Brandon Browner hasn’t played a game with the Seahawks since Nov. 10 and he was suspended for one year a few weeks later, but Browner will nevertheless still get a Super Bowl ring for his contributions as a member of the Seahawks.
He has also already received a postseason paycheck, according to reports.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that Browner received a check for $131,000 for the team’s playoff success. He received $44,000 for the NFC title game, and $97,000 for being a member of the Super Bowl-winning team.
How did Browner get paid if he was nowhere near a part of the team’s postseason run?
Browner was entitled to the money based on the language of Article 37, Section 4(c), which provides that “[a] player who at the time of the game in question is not on the Active List or Inactive List of a Club participating in the game but was on the Active or Inactive List for eight or more games (i.e., regular or postseason) will receive the full amount designated . . . for such game provided he is not under contract to another Club in the same Conference at the time of the game in question.”
Browner was not paid for the Seahawks divisional round win over the New Orleans Saints because only team members on the active list, inactive list, or injured reserve list are eligible for compensation in the wild card and divisional rounds.
And though Browner wasn’t even in East Rutherford, N.J., for the Seahawks Super Bowl win, he will be receiving a ring as a member of the first NFL champion in Seattle’s history.
It is up to the team to decide who gets a ring and who doesn’t and the Seahawks decided Browner deserved one.
In eight games in 2013, Browner recorded 19 tackles and an interception before suffering a groin injury.
A member of the Seahawks since 2011, he became an integral part of the “Legion of Boom” in his three seasons with the team. He made 117 tackles and picked off 10 passes in 36 career games.
He was suspended for a year in early December for “a violation of the policy for using non-performance enhancing drugs, which sources said was marijuana”, per the Seattle Times.
With the emergence of Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane at the corner position, Browner’s time with the Seahawks is almost definitely over.