The suspension for using marijuana ended Browner’s season in December and thrust the 29-year-old’s career into doubt. In a dispatch on Twitter, however, the open-ended punishment went up in smoke.
“I realize now more than ever that being part of the NFL is not a right but a privilege,” Browner wrote. “I am grateful that Commissioner [
Beneath the carefully chosen words are the repeated public pledges in recent weeks by Browner’s agent, Peter Schaffer, to sue the NFL over the suspension.
Browner, a founding member of the Seahawks defensive backfield nicknamed the Legion of Boom, has had previous violations of the substance-abuse policy that occurred when he was not on an NFL roster. Browner played in the Canadian Football League before signing with the Seahawks in 2011.
A suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, unrelated to the current situation, also cost him four games in 2012.
The Seahawks, of course, won the Super Bowl last month without Browner. He is now a free agent.