When Brandon Browner was slapped with a year long ban from the NFL for repeatedly failing drug tests, he said he was going to file suit against the league — at least his lawyer said that. Browner hasn’t played since the regular season for the Seahawks but received postseason pay and a Super Bowl ring regardless, thanks to a clause in the CBA.
But Browner is circling back for more and plans to officially file that lawsuit against the NFL next week. Per PFT.com, Browner’s lawyer Peter Schaffer will formally sue the NFL on behalf of his client this upcoming week:
Schaffer tells PFT that he plans to file next week a lawsuit challenging the decision to suspend Browner. The complaint will be accompanied by a motion for preliminary injunction, asking the court to allow Browner to become a free agent on March 11, which would have happened but for the suspension. Schaffer also will ask that Browner remain eligible to practice and play until the lawsuit is resolved.
It’s unclear how successful Browner will be in his suit against the NFL, but he’s officially done for an entire football calendar year, so he’s sort of on his last option. It will be something to follow, as the case is long and complicated and won’t have a simple or easy resolution.