Earlier this week, one of our website’s headlines read “Antonio Brown To Patriots: Let Me Play.” Brown has apparently changed his stance to include the entirety of the NFL, not just New England. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that Brown and his camp want to resolve his off-the-field issues ASAP in an attempt to get him back on the field.
Specifically, Brown wants to have clarity on his playing status within the next few weeks so he can sign with an NFL team. The wideout will wait to sign until he’s officially cleared, and he’s been working out as he prepares for his next opportunity. While the embattled wideout would welcome a return to New England, he’s mostly just interested in finding another gig. Earlier today, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com explained why a Patriots reunion was unlikely.
This reports seems to contradict Brown’s previous announcement that he was done with the NFL, although he’s seemingly walked back those claims in recent weeks. Agent Drew Rosenhaus has continually insisted that Brown wants to play and that teams are interested, pending the league’s investigation into the assault allegations. No teams have definitively been connected to Brown since he was cut by New England.
The NFL continues to investigate Brown under its personal conduct policy, although the league has yet to interview the receiver. The NFL previously announced that Brown wouldn’t be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list as long as he’s a free agent. Meanwhile, Brown’s camp is fighting a series of financial battles against the Raiders and Patriots. In total, Brown is seeking roughly $40MM in unpaid salary and bonuses.
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