The New England Patriots have signed suspended Cornerback Brandon Browner to a three-year contract costing a maximum of $17 million.

The 2011 Pro-Bowler confirmed via his Twitter page stating: "Today, I am proud to announce that I am a New England Patriot. I am honored that the Patriots are making me part of their legendary organization."

Browner will however be suspended for the first four games of the season as he serves out the rest of his ban for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Browner was forced to sit out the final two games of the 2013 regular season as well as the 2014 NFL Playoffs.

He becomes the second high-profile Cornerback to sign with the Patriots this week after New England agreed a deal with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers man Darrelle Revis.

Revis and Browner have been brought in to strengthen a position that earlier this week lost Aqib Talib to the Denver Broncos.

Widely regarded as one of the most physical Cornerbacks in the NFL, Browner has added some much needed strength to the Patriots defence.

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