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Report: Brandon Browner to Sign With Saints

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The other member of New England's vaunted secondary is gone.

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Luckily for us, Patriots fans are always completely rational, patient, and understanding of the fact that team building is a process, otherwise I imagine there would be a lot of people freaking out right now.

According to NBC Sports, Brandon Browner has just agreed to a three year contract with the New Orleans Saints, meaning that New England has now lost both of its starting corners from 2014. The Patriots gave Browner the opportunity to test his value elsewhere by declining to pick up his option, and apparently he has found  a place that will pay him more than what he would have made had he stuck around in New England, as the deal is all but done at this point. Initial reports have Browner making "well north of $5 million" per year, but full terms of the contract are undisclosed at this juncture.

There are two schools of thought here surrounding the recent departure of Revis and Browner. The first is that Bill Belichick and the Patriots front office have suddenly and inexplicably become stupid. The second is that there is a concrete plan in place and letting Revis and Browner go are simply steps on the way to building the team that will ultimately take the field in September of this year. I'm personally going to go ahead and assume the latter, but if you'd like to make your voice heard about the former, I certainly can't stop you. And hey - I guarantee you you won't be alone.

UPDATE: Browner's contract with the Saints is for 3 years, $15 million, with $10 million guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter.