Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting the Patriots and free agent cornerback Brandon Browner have reached an agreement on a two-year deal. Browner played for Seattle last season but had his season cut short due to a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy and missed the final five games. He will also miss the first four games of the 2014 season as a result of the suspension.
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald tweeted shortly after Rapoport that a source told him there was "no deal, not even close" between the Patriots and Browner. ESPN's Adam Schefter then tweeted that Browner's agent Peter Schaffer said his client is in negotiations with "four teams and we do not have a deal. We aren't even close."
Various reports earlier in the day indicated the team was meeting with the cornerback but until the late tweets no further information was available.