According to NFL Network, Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner "won't take a pay cut" to remain in New England as the team works on a variety of deals to get in compliance with the salary cap by the start of the new league year at 4 p.m.
Browner is due a $2 million roster bonus by the start of the new league year as part of the contract he signed as a free agent last spring. If the Patriots choose not to pay that bonus, Browner will become a free agent. According to NFLN Browner is owed $5.5 million for 2015 under his current deal.
New England reportedly gave Browner permission to gauge his value around the NFL in recent days, and according to NFLN there is indeed interest in the 30-year-old cornerback. The Boston Herald has reported that Browner's value on the open market could be in the range of $7-8 million.
By 4 p.m. Browner's future with the Patriots will become known. Either the team picks up his bonus or cuts him, because according to NFLN the veteran apparently has no interest in restructuring his contract to lower his compensation.