Browner fled the scene but was later arrested without further incident. The charges stemmed from a July incident in California where Browner allegedly broke into the apartment of his ex-girlfriend and assaulted her.
Per Browner's plea of no contest on the attempted murder charge, prosecutors dropped other charges - including two counts of child endangerment, TMZ reported. He initially was facing life in prison.
Browner was immediately remanded into custody during the hearing and is back behind bars. The 34-year-old also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a child.
NBC Los Angeles reports that Browner had a previous relationship with the victim and had previously been arrested for domestic violence and was restrained from the victim, according to police. He was a member of the "Legion of Boom", one of the NFL's best secondaries, along with Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. He won a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots in 2014 against his former team, and spent the following year with the Saints.
Browner played four seasons with Calgary from 2007 to 2011, registering 12 interceptions while being named a three-time CFL all-star.