Saints cornerback Brandon Browner bids farewell in tweet, had become lightning rod for disgruntled fans _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints cornerback Brandon Browner (39) reacts after being called for pass interference for tugging the jersey of Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker (82) during the fourth quarter Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Tennessee Titans won in overtime, 34-28.

I don’t know what went wrong with Brandon Browner.

He arrived in New Orleans with a pair of Super Bowl rings and a swagger to match. Plus he was big, physical cornerback in a league where big, physical receivers like Atlanta’s Julio Jones were becoming more common.

His new teammates even voted Browner a defensive captain over hometown hero Keenan Lewis and equally brash Kenny Vacarro.

And even when things were going bad, Sean Payton refused to say that Browner was anything but an asset for the team.

Maybe he, like everyone else, was waiting for Browner’s talent to take over.

But from the start, Browner’s penchant for drawing penalty flags at his previous stops in Seattle and New England seemed to follow him to the Saints.

And when he wasn’t costing his team penalty yards, he was giving up too many easy receptions on a team whose defense was severely lacking a playmaker in the secondary, especially with Lewis playing only six games before going on the IR.

Still, Browner started every game, although he wound up with only one interception – in a loss to the Eagles, and 13 passes defended, six of them in back-to-back losses to Houston and Carolina that sealed the team’s playoff fate.

He did have an 11-tackle game in the victory against the New York Giants. But that mainly meant Eli Manning was having no problem throwing in his direction.

Browner had his run-ins with some media members, and at first declared he would speak only on Fridays, a tactic usually reserved for players in high demand like Drew Brees.

I made him a regular target – including making a one-way ticket out of town the Christmas gift he deserved from Santa.

But I also have to say he was cordial in my few interactions with him and in the final week of the season we were joking about Bill Belichick’s likely reaction to one of his player messing up the coin toss in an overtime loss.

So now he’s gone – or at least is acknowledging that the Saints are about to release him despite the cap cost it will entail.

And he will be an eternal punch line for bad personnel decisions by the Saints.

The funny thing is, nobody seems to be paying the price for that.

At 31 Browner is at a crucial stage of his career.

He’s not likely to find any big money offers out there as he did from the Saints.

But you can only wish him well.

And wonder why things didn’t go better here.