The New England Patriots are negotiating with suspended free agent cornerback Brandon Browner.

A well-placed Patriots source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that "Browner wants to be in New England. I think we are close, but it's a tough deal to do because of suspension, etc."

Browner will be suspended for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. If Browner complies with the league's policy, he'll be reinstated after the four-game suspension.

Under the terms of his suspension, Browner can sign with a team, show up for the offseason program, attend training camp, and play in the preseason.