by Aaron Wilson
March 05, 02014
Seattle Seahawks free agent cornerback Brandon Browner will be suspended for the first four games of the season without pay and be fined an additional four game checks under the terms of a conditional reinstatement announced by the NFL and NFL Players Association.
Brown is eligible to sign with a team as a free agent and participate in offseason and preseason activities. He is required to comply with the terms of the substance abuse policy and program in order to be reinstated.
The news comes after Browner's agent, Peter Schaffer, said recently that they were planning to sue the league for his previous indefinite suspension for violating the NFL drug policy.
Now, a compromise has been reached.
"I received wonderful news today," Browner wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. "The NFL has reinstated me, and I now have the opportunity to prove to the fans and my teammates how important this sport is to me. I realize now more than ever that being part of the NFL is not a right, but a privilege. I am grateful that Commissioner Goodell and my agent were able to resolve this issue in a positive, productive manner so I can continue my career, provide for my family, and help my team win a Super Bowl. Thank you to all who have gone out of their way to show their support. I will live up to your expectations of me."
"The NFLPA worked closely with Brandon Browner, his representatives and the NFL to find a resolution to his reinstatement," NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah wrote on Twitter.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun