February 28, 2014 in Sports

Suspended Seahawk Browner plans to file lawsuit

Bob Condotta Seattle Times
 
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Brandon Browner started eight games for the Seattle Seahawks last season and is an unrestricted free agent.
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The agent for Brandon Browner told two different outlets Wednesday that he intends to file a lawsuit against the NFL, challenging a decision that has Browner currently suspended indefinitely.

Browner started eight games for the Seahawks in 2013 before injuring his groin and then being suspended for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy for using marijuana.

The NFL determined that Browner was a Stage 3 offender that made him eligible for a one-year suspension because he had not submitted to tests during the time when he played in the Canadian Football League from 2007-10.

Browner’s agent, Peter Schaffer, has contended in numerous interviews that Browner did not receive sufficient notification of the tests. An earlier appeal was denied by the NFL, which then placed Browner on indefinite suspension.

Schaffer told ProFootballTalk.com and USA Today that he plans to file suit next week not only challenging the decision but also to retrieve financial damages arriving from the suspension. Schaffer also told both that he hopes to have Browner deemed eligible to play while the lawsuit is being resolved.

Browner is an unrestricted free agent, with few expecting that the Seahawks would be interested in bringing him back.

If deemed eligible to practice and play, though, he could sign with a new team when the free-agency period begins March 11.

Browner was not with the Seahawks during the playoffs or Super Bowl, but recently revealed via Twitter that he will receive a Super Bowl ring.

Pro Football Talk has also reported that Browner will receive a regular Super Bowl share of $97,000, as well as another $44,000 as a player’s share for winning the NFC title game. Browner played for the Seahawks from 2011-2013, starting 36 games at cornerback. He turns 30 on Aug. 2.


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