Brandon Browner buzz intensifies

The deal might not officially be done, but one thing we learned Thursday night is that the Patriots have a real interest in signing free-agent cornerback Brandon Browner. The interest appears to be mutual.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter quoted a well-placed Patriots source, who said: "Browner wants to be in New England, I think we are close, but it's a tough deal to do because of suspension, etc."

Browner visited the Patriots on Thursday, then was scheduled to meet with the Redskins. His agent, Peter Schaffer, told ProFootballTalk.com that he was negotiating with four teams.

One report Thursday night indicated that Browner and the Patriots had agreed on a two-year deal, which sparked the buzz surrounding Browner.