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New Orleans Saints Trying to Sign CB Brandon Browner

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With the defensive back free agent market thinning, will Mickey Loomis overpay for another team's castoffs?

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The New Orleans Saints don't currently have much cap room, but that hasn't stopped the team from going after free agents in the past.  And, with the free agent market thinning at the defensive back position, GM Mickey Loomis is making a push to sign former Patriots corner Brandon Browner.

The New England Patriots, who are themselves thin at the position, had an opportunity to bring Browner back.  However, they chose not to pick up his option, likely indicating that head coach Bill Belichick found the 30-year-old's play lacking.  The 6'4" corner could be an asset in the red zone, particularly against some of the lanky receivers in the NFC South, but he doesn't have the foot speed to keep up with threats like Julio Jones.

However, the Saints have a glaring hole at the corner position, and are reportedly lacking in leadership in the locker room.

Is he a fit for New Orleans? If Browner ends up playing for the Saints in 2015, it will be his third team in three years.  And especially with his history of PED-related suspensions, the aging corner shouldn't garner too lucrative of a contract.  But will the needful club overpay for another team's castoffs, in hopes of not missing out entirely?

Whether or not PayLoo is able to lure "the answer on defense" to New Orleans for a reasonable price remains to be seen.