RENTON, Wash. -- Cornerback Brandon Browner accurately called his pay raise a "good gesture" from the Seattle Seahawks. The raise did not include an extension, however, and that means Browner is still scheduled to become a free agent after the season.
It's all good to Browner, who became a Pro Bowl player for the Seahawks after signing as a free agent from the CFL.
"Man, I am here to play football," he said Friday. "We already make more than the average guy, you know? I’m happy and satisfied man. I was up there in Canada making fifty grand, you know?"
Browner, who turns 29 on Aug. 2, is entering his third season with the Seahawks. He spent the 2005 season on injured reserve with the Denver Broncos before playing in the CFL. Three seasons in Seattle and one on the IR list in Denver would give him the four seasons required to become an unrestricted free agent.
Browner sounds as though he'd be reasonable regarding an extension. The Seahawks have some decisions to make in their secondary, however. They already signed free safety Kam Chancellor to an extension. Rookie deals for free safety Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman run through 2014. Both appear on track for lucrative second contracts.
The Seahawks love their depth at cornerback, especially if Walter Thurmond avoids the injuries that have sidelined him in the past. For that reason, Seattle might not feel pressure to make a long-term commitment at the position.
Browner was scheduled to earn $555,000 in salary for 2013. He'll receive that money plus more than $218,000 in new bonus money. He lost four-seventeenths of his 2012 salary -- more than $109,000 -- while serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.