The Seahawks, however, have been the team most closely linked to Brown this year. Both of Seattle’s QBs, Russell Wilson and Geno Smith, worked out with Brown this offseason and have stayed in touch with him regarding the idea of a Seahawks signing. Pete Carroll confirmed the Seahawks are “tuned into” this situation and added the team’s interest is not connected to the delay on Josh Gordon‘s potential reinstatement (Twitter links via the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta).
No contract talks with Brown have commenced, per Schefter, but the Seahawks have been monitoring this situation for many months. Brown was believed to be interested in signing with Seattle in July, but this preceded another retiring/unretiring sequence from Brown. The NFL then announced the eight-game suspension, and teams backed off. The Seahawks moved to re-sign Gordon, but nothing concrete has emerged on his reinstatement. And despite Brown being three years older, at 32, he has proven to be a bigger on-field difference-maker than Gordon in recent years.
With other teams in the mix for AB now, the former Steelers superstar is poised to resurface in NFL news cycles (after a rare stint out of the limelight). Brown, though, is not out of the woods. The civil suit he’s involved in could extend his suspension beyond eight games. And matters are not going especially smoothly on that front. The NFL’s investigation into Britney Taylor’s sexual assault allegation remains ongoing, per Mark Maske of the Washington Post (on Twitter).
Brown’s historic volatility gives any upcoming deal a “last chance” feel. But despite his Pittsburgh, Oakland and New England exits, teams may be competing to give him that final opportunity.
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