If Antonio Brown were to be reinstated by the NFL after the investigation into his accusations of sexual assault made against him in a civil lawsuit has concluded, Patriots coaches and players would reportedly “welcome him back,” sources tell Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Brown met with the NFL earlier in November, with the interview going “as well as it could have”, and is waiting to hear back regarding a potential reinstatement.
Owner Robert Kraft, who released Brown after playing one game with the team, is the deciding factor, and has not shown an inclination to give the receiver another shot after his repeated missteps on social media in the aftermath of his release by the Patriots months ago, according to La Canfora. However, La Canfora also states that if Kraft were to reconsider, sources have told him that Brown’s teammates and coaches would support bringing him back, with Brown’s chemistry with Tom Brady obvious from his initial practice with the team and Brown getting along well with all parties during his brief stint there.
Brown, 31, tweeted an apology to Robert Kraft on November 19 in response to a shot he took at the Patriots’ owner in September regarding his indiscretions at a massage parlor after being released. Brown has been tweeting out workout videos supporting his own notion that he is more than ready to return to the field.
From a football perspective, the Patriots could certainly use a dynamic playmaker such as Brown, especially one that already has chemistry with impending free agent Tom Brady. However, it remains to be seen if Kraft would once again be willing to take a gamble on the controversial star.
Here are some more developments from around the AFC East:
- Rather than the customary approach of the team taking one, single plane to Houston ahead of tonight’s matchup against the Texans, ESPN’s Field Yates relays that the Patriots split up into two planes due to a swarming illness that has taken over the locker room. The Patriots listed nine players as questionable because of illness, including linebackers Jaime Collins and Dont’a Hightower, along with safety Patrick Chung. They have already ruled out tight end Ryan Izzo due to illness.
- In a series of notes by ESPN’s Rich Cimini, he interestingly points out that one of the reasons the Jets traded linebacker Darron Lee to the Chiefs and benched highly paid cornerback Trumaine Johnson earlier this season before placing him on IR was due their lack of tackling. As Cimini points out, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams wants players that “enjoy sticking their face in the fan”.
- According to multiple current and former NFL personnel people who spoke with the Miami Herald this week, even if the Dolphins do not pick number one in the 2020 draft, they may still have a shot at LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, as any team picking number one may elect to pick star Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young instead. If the Bengals, who have yet to win a game this year, are indeed awarded the first pick in this upcoming draft, despite the potential need at quarterback, they may feel that Young is too much of a dominant player to pass on. Young holds the school record for most sacks in a game with four and now holds the record for most sacks in a season with 16.5.