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Antonio Brown Interested In Seahawks Deal

Russell Wilson has lobbied for the Seahawks to sign Antonio Brown, and the free agent wide receiver would not mind resuming his career in Seattle.

The duo worked out together this week, and Mike Garafolo of NFL.com reports Brown would love to play for the Seahawks (video link). Additionally, the Seahawks have engaged in internal discussions about signing Brown, per Garafolo. They are now the team most closely connected to the former perennial All-Pro.

Other teams are interested as well, per Garafolo, though it is not certain who those franchises are at this point. The team that signs Brown would need to prepare for a suspension. The NFL’s investigation into the wide receiver’s off-field issues is ongoing.

The Seahawks signed Phillip Dorsett this offseason, and he would seemingly enter camp with a good chance of winning the team’s No. 3 wideout job behind Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. A Brown signing would shake up the Seahawks’ passing attack. The former Steelers superstar earned first-team All-Pro acclaim in four straight seasons and scored 15 touchdowns in 2018, the year his All-Pro streak ceased. Brown’s actions since Week 17 of the 2018 season have made him one of the most volatile players in modern NFL history, with the soon-to-be 32-year-old receiver burning bridges at will.

Other than the three teams that employed Brown last year, the Saints were the other known suitor. They worked Brown out late last season, but even that produced controversy. Tom Brady‘s interest in having Brown play with him in Tampa Bay is well known, but the Buccaneers are not believed to be interested. Brown has been quieter on social media in recent months, and it is starting to look like he will be given a chance to return to the league at some point this season.

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Buccaneers Remain Out On Antonio Brown?

Some Antonio Brown-to-Tampa Bay rumblings resurfaced Tuesday morning, but Bruce Arians‘ March stance on his former charge may still stand.

The Buccaneers remain uninterested in adding the former perennial All-Pro wideout, Dianna Russini of ESPN.com tweets. With Tampa Bay arming for an all-in window behind Tom Brady for two years, Brown would certainly make sense from a football perspective and give the Bucs a historically loaded pass-catching corps.

The move would be risky, though, and Arians said months ago the team would not pursue Brown. Despite Arians having coached Brown in Pittsburgh, he is not interested in a reunion. Nothing has changed on this front, Greg Auman of The Athletic tweets.

Brown remains under NFL investigation for multiple incidents — including two alleged acts of sexual misconduct — and is expected to face a suspension this season. Given the superstar receiver’s volatile run over the past 1 1/2 years, teams will be hesitant to give him another chance immediately. But Brown’s talent points to him receiving at least one more opportunity at some point.

The soon-to-be 32-year-old weapon has been linked to the Ravens and Seahawks, though Baltimore is believed to also be uninterested in adding Brown to its pass-catching stable. Russell Wilson is believed to have lobbied for the mercurial talent at multiple junctures.

The Bucs already employ Pro Bowlers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and scant precedent exists for a tight end trio as deep as Tampa’s Rob GronkowskiO.J. HowardCameron Brate group. But Brady was believed to be against the Patriots cutting Brown last year and has been rumored to support the Bucs bringing him in. For now, however, that does not appear to be a front-burner matter for the team.

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Buccaneers Open To Antonio Brown?

In March, we heard that new Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady wants to reunite with Antonio Brown. Meanwhile, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said that a Brown signing is “not going to happen.” Here in June, the Bucs are starting to open up to the idea of adding AB, according to Michael Lombardi of The Athletic (Twitter link via Barstool Sports’ Pat McAfee).

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From a football perspective, it would be a huge win for the Buccaneers. With Brown, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin at wide receiver, they’d be impossible to guard for opposing defenses.

Yeah, it’s not going to happen,” Arians said earlier this year. “It’s just not going to happen. There’s no room and probably not enough money. But it’s just not going to happen. It’s not a fit here.”

When pressed on whether he’d consider Brown on a minimum salary deal, Arians again demurred.

“No. I just know him and it’s not a fit in our locker room.”

Brown’s status with the league office remains under review, so it’s not a given that he’ll be cleared to play in 2020. Beyond that, there’s the matter of Brown’s fit in the locker room, as Arians noted. Even before all of the ugly accusations and disturbing social media videos, Brown clashed with coaches and teammates in Pittsburgh and Oakland.

Brady, meanwhile, is likely rooting for a change of heart in the front office.

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Antonio Brown Off Ravens’ Radar?

After an unusually quiet Antonio Brown stretch, the high-profile free agent has begun to resurface. He expects to learn his NFL suspension outcome soon and have a new team, and the Seahawks and Ravens have been linked to the mercurial superstar.

A report Tuesday indicated the Ravens were engaging in internal discussions on the ex-Steeler standout, but veteran NFL reporter Josina Anderson tweets that is not the case. The Ravens are not earnestly considering Brown, Anderson adds.

Antonio’s cousin, Marquise Brown, resides as Baltimore’s No. 1 wide receiver. But the team is still fairly light on wideout depth. However, that may be partially by design, with the Ravens operating the NFL’s run-heaviest attack. Hollywood Brown and Willie Snead are the defending AFC North champions’ best-known wideouts. Antonio Brown may not be an especially content performer in Baltimore’s offense, and Brown has certainly been known to voice frustration over the past year and change.

Lamar Jackson would be in favor of his team taking a gamble on Antonio Brown. The two worked out together earlier this offseason. But the four-time All-Pro will almost certainly begin the season with a suspension due to the off-field trouble in which he’s been involved. The Ravens may well end up sticking with their status quo.

The Seahawks have been the other team connected to Brown recently, and Russell Wilson has long made his pro-Brown-to-Seattle view known. For now, though, the soon-to-be 32-year-old wideout remains unattached — as he’s been since the Patriots released him after his first wave of off-field issues surfaced last September.

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Latest On Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown found himself back in the news cycle this week and, according to his camp, he could land an NFL deal in the near future. In a statement provided to Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (Twitter link), Brown’s attorney said that the wide receiver’s no contest plea should clear the way for his return to football.

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With this matter now resolved and behind him, Mr. Brown looks forward to continuing his cooperation with the NFL and resuming his phenomenal professional career,” attorney Carson Hancock said. “He has achieved so much throughout his life from both a personal and professional standpoint, and will continue to do so.”

Brown was facing one felony charge and two misdemeanor charges for his January incident with a delivery driver. The driver said that a verbal dispute over payment turned physical when Brown assaulted him. Hancock believes that it should have been resolved as a civil matter, but also felt that the no contest plea was Brown’s quickest path back to the field.

Brown, meanwhile, hinted at a deal being in the works with an NFL team in an Instagram post on Friday. In the interest of equal time: We’ve been here before with Brown. Brown’s former rep Drew Rosenhaus routinely claimed that Brown was receiving lots of NFL interest even as lawsuits, charges, and troubling social media posts emerged on a near-weekly basis. Eventually, Rosenhaus parted ways with Brown, leading the longtime Steelers star to a new agent.

Brown, 32 in July, has caught 841 passes for 11,253 yards over the course of his ten-year career, which includes seven Pro Bowl appearances. Despite all of the red flags, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson have publicly advocated for their respective teams to sign him.

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Antonio Brown Pleads No Contest To Criminal Charges

Antonio Brown is feeling optimistic about signing with a new team soon, and now we might now why. As Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports, Brown pleaded no contest today to criminal charges stemming from an incident with a delivery driver in January (Twitter link). That plea was part of a bargain that will allow AB to avoid jail time, and he will instead receive two years of probation to go along with 100 hours of community service and a mandatory psychiatric evaluation.

Brown was facing charges of felony burglary conveyance, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor criminal mischief. The delivery driver claimed that Brown assaulted him outside of the receiver’s Florida home during a dispute over payment and removed property from his truck. Brown’s attorney, Carson Hancock, said after the plea deal was formalized that this matter was a civil one for which Brown should not have been criminally charged. He also says it would have been resolved much sooner if not for the pandemic (Twitter link via Wolfe). Hanock’s entire statement may be found here, courtesy of Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.

This is a big step in Brown’s return to the league, but he still has major hurdles to clear. It’s been a long time since we heard anything about the status of the league’s investigation into the multiple sexual assault allegations that have been levied against Brown, and even though the All-Pro wideout was able to avoid serious criminal repercussions for the delivery driver charges, the NFL can still suspend him under its personal conduct policy. Given the nature of those charges and the sexual assault allegations, a suspension certainly appears to be in the offing.

Plus, for all of his on-field talents, Brown has been nothing short of a distraction in recent years even when he’s been employed by a team. All of that will make it tough for a club to pull the trigger, but if and when the league formally announces his punishment, it will be similarly difficult for a playoff-caliber team to wonder what a fresh and properly-motivated Brown could mean for its championship aspirations.

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Antonio Brown Hints At Impending NFL Deal

In an early morning Instagram post, Antonio Brown teased an impending deal with his fourth-NFL team. “Big 4X soon,” Brown wrote, beneath a picture of him in each of his previous uniforms with the Steelers, Raiders, and Patriots. 

Naturally, this update from Brown needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The wide receiver is still awaiting clearance from the league office as he faces multiple Personal Conduct Policy violations. The NFL could clear Brown to play in 2020, but it would be a shock if he did not have to serve a lengthy suspension.

Even with all the troubling news about Brown over the past year, he remains one of the league’s most intriguing talents. In recent months, Lamar Jackson and some of his teammates have publicly petitioned for the Ravens to sign AB. Meanwhile, GM Eric DeCosta hasn’t ruled him out. He’s also left the door open to a big splash signing this summer.

Do we feel the urgency? We probably feel that with every position,” the GM said. “We want to be the best we can be at every position. This happens to be a wide receiver class with a lot of really good players. If we’re on the clock and we think that guy is the best player, we’ll probably pick him. Hopefully we can build our offense to the point where we can say, ‘Hey, we’re un-defendable.’”

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also says that he would “love” to play with AB, who would give the Seahawks another imposing weapon alongside featuring Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalfand Greg Olsen. If AB is truly on the brink of an NFL return, it could be with one of those two contenders.

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Russell Wilson Wants Seahawks To Sign Antonio Brown?

Russell Wilson expressed a desire for the Seahawks to add superstars this offseason, and although they signed Greg Olsen and Phillip Dorsett, each would fall varying degrees shy of that distinction. Wilson is aiming higher.

The Seahawks’ ninth-year quarterback “would love” if the Seahawks signed Antonio Brown, according to ESPN 710 Seattle’s John Clayton. This is not the first connection between Brown and the Seahawks, nor is it the first instance of Wilson pushing for such a move.

In November, a report surfaced indicating Wilson had lobbied for his team to sign the controversial wide receiver. The Seahawks did not, and Brown remained in free agency. He has been unattached since last September.

Although the Saints worked out Brown, even that produced controversy for a wideout who napalmed bridges over the past 18 months. The Steelers traded Brown in March 2019; the Raiders released him before last season; the Patriots cut him after less than two weeks. The former four-time All-Pro is now in legal trouble after an arrest earlier this year.

Brown is also close with Seahawks backup Geno Smith, per Clayton. Smith recently re-signed to be Seattle’s QB2. Nothing will happen with Brown this month, Clayton adds, noting that any deal between the Seahawks and the soon-to-be 32-year-old wideout would likely come to pass in July or August. That would give the NFL more time with its investigation of Brown, who will likely face a lengthy suspension.

The league is investigating Brown for multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and folded in his three felony charges — stemming from an alleged January assault on a delivery driver — into the investigation. If the Seahawks were to sign Brown, the upside may be capped by limited availability. And it is not like the team would be adding a sure thing, given the volatility that has led Brown out of the league.

Seattle is set to roll out a pass-catching corps featuring Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf, Olsen and Dorsett next season. The team has drafted four wideouts in the past two seasons, including Florida’s Freddie Swain in Round 6 this year.

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Lamar Jackson: “I’d Be Happy” If Ravens Signed Antonio Brown

On Tuesday, Lamar Jackson told reporters that he would be in favor of the Ravens signing Antonio Brown (Twitter link via Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic). Of course, that wouldn’t be the quarterback’s call, but his endorsement is noteworthy nonetheless.

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I’d be happy if they signed him,” Jackson said. “But it’s not my decision.”

This isn’t the first time that Brown has been connected to Baltimore. Recently, Jackson worked out with the controversial wide receiver in South Florida, along with AB’s cousin, Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Meanwhile, Ravens GM Eric DeCosta has refused to comment on his own level of interest in the one-time superstar. Earlier this month, he said that he’d keep those thoughts “in-house” while continuing to explore options at the position.

Do we feel the urgency? We probably feel that with every position,” the GM told the team website. “We want to be the best we can be at every position. This happens to be a wide receiver class with a lot of really good players. If we’re on the clock and we think that guy is the best player, we’ll probably pick him. Hopefully we can build our offense to the point where we can say, ‘Hey, we’re un-defendable.’”

Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler, is still in limbo with the league office. Recently, he hired a new agent to represent him, and he’s hoping that will expedite his case with Roger Goodell & Co.

Speaking strictly from a football perspective, Brown would boost any offense – including the Ravens’ world-class unit. He has caught 841 passes for 11,253 yards over the course of his ten-year NFL career, with a good chunk of those coming against Baltimore.

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Ravens GM: Keeping Antonio Brown Thoughts “In House”

Recently, Lamar Jackson created a bit of a stir when he worked out with free agent Antonio Brown. As a result, some have speculated about a potential fit between the Ravens and the controversial wide receiver, but GM Eric DeCosta didn’t have much to say when asked about his level of interest. 

Those are in-house things,” DeCosta said (Twitter link via Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com). “I don’t really feel the need to share that right now.

Marquise Brown – Brown’s cousin and fellow SoFlo native – also took part in the workout, further the chatter even further. The wide receiver position is somewhere on the Ravens’ to-do list this offseason, but DeCosta doesn’t sound intent on bringing Brown to Baltimore. At least, if he is, he’s keeping it mum.

Also, for what it’s worth, DeCosta recently indicated that he is happy with what he already has in-house at WR.

Do we feel the urgency? We probably feel that with every position,” the GM told the team website. “We want to be the best we can be at every position. This happens to be a wide receiver class with a lot of really good players. If we’re on the clock and we think that guy is the best player, we’ll probably pick him. Hopefully we can build our offense to the point where we can say, ‘Hey, we’re undefendable.'”

DeCosta also opined that there are “probably 25 draftable wideouts in this draft,” an indication that he’s looking more towards the rookie class than the free agent crop.

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