Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has been reinstated by the NFL after his substance abuse ban and just in time for free agency.
Browner was suspended in December for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy after testing positive for Marijuana. He missed the playoff run of the Seattle Seahawks which culminated in the Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos.
Browner will become an unrestricted free agent next week and released a statement on twitter regarding his current position in the league: "I realize now more than ever that being part of the NFL is not a right, but a privilege."
The Seattle cornerback also spoke on his reinstatement: "I am grateful that Commissioner (Roger) Goodell and my agent (Peter Schaffer) 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."
In reports last week, there were suggestions that indicated Browner may file a lawsuit against the league for potential salary and endorsement money lost during his suspension.
It remains to be seen whether Browner will continue with the reigning Super Bowl champion Seahawks next season or whether he becomes a free agent.
If Browner does venture into free agency, it'll be interesting to see how the off-field misdemeanours will affect the future of the pro-bowl caliber cornerback.