Disclaimer: This is purely my opinion. I have more respect for the Seahawks team and organization than many people that I know do, but I'm writing this as a way to try to understand WHAT exactly it is that they are doing.
Here is what I'm talking about:
Brandon Browner getting, not an extension, but a raise? I, personally, have never heard of a football player simply getting a "raise." What is in it for the team but lost cap space?
Theory#1, as stated in the FieldGulls article:
"Browner lost $109,411 in base salary in 2012 due to a four-game suspension for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy and was also fined $7,875 for a personal four against Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers in Week 3. The pay raise for Browner could act as a pseudo-reimbursement for some of the lost pay from last season and as a reward for out playing the value of the contract he originally signed with the team."
Hmmm, so the Seahawks could be reimbursing somebody for money that he lost due to suspension and/or fines for personal fouls (the "four" was how it was posted in FieldGulls; I'm sure it was a typo). Is that legal? I guess it is, as long as the team doesn't say that that is why they are doing it.
Remember the eerie timing of certain moves between the 49ers and Seahawks, as if each team is trying to "one-up" the other? For example, see: Anquan Boldin/Percy Harvin (how's that one working out?); Kyle Nelson/Charly Martin; Nnamdi Asomugha/Antoine Winfield, etc. etc. etc.
Is it merely a coincidence that one of Seattle's best DBs gets a pay-raise the same week (almost the same day) that one of the 49ers best (arguably THE best) DB on the roster is FORCED to take a pay-CUT because of his inept agent and the fact that he did not fully understand his own contract? Are the Seahawks trying to get Tarrell Brown to hold out, or, at least, to play angry at his own team and organization, thus becoming less effective on the field?
Maybe the Seahawks' organization really is just in love with Brandon Browner, and wanted, out of the goodness of the heart, to give him more money than they needed to this year.
This is purely speculation and opinion, and (quite possibly) has no basis in reality. However, I was unable to see any reason for the Seahawks to make a "good faith" move with Brandon Browner in today's salary-cap strapped world. I'm trying to make sense of it.