Antonio Brown played in a single game last season and faces a litany of off-field problems that could lead to a suspension. However, the talent of one of the game’s best receivers could give Brown another chance.
NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported Tuesday NFL NOW that the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens are having internal discussions about the possibility of incorporating the former All-Pro.
“The teams are snooping,” said Silver. “I’d like to keep an eye on the Seattle Seahawks. Antonio Brown has been doing some off-season practice with his backup quarterback Geno Smith. They are absolutely interested in potentially having him as a late-season addition … assuming there’s a suspension. And the Baltimore Ravens, their cousin Marquise Brown is on that team, they’ve sniffed in the past. They’re also reflecting on that. So internal discussions in both organizations. Look out for Seattle and Baltimore. “
Brown declared no competition earlier this month for thefts and battery charges stemming from a January incident in Florida.
The NFL is also investigating civil charges of sexual assault and rape against Brown, in addition to intimidating text messages to a woman who accuses the receiver of making unwanted advances towards her.
The latest incident eventually led to Brown’s release from New England after he played in just one game. Before joining the Patriots, Brown spent the offseason with Oakland, where he had a multitude of problems, including a foot injury after a cryotherapy accident and complaints about his helmet. The 31-year-old finally got his release from the Raiders.
Teams signing Brown will have to weigh his unquestionable talent with possible distractions and off-field questions, as well as any potential league discipline.
The Seahawks and Ravens have tried to improve the receiving body for playoff-caliber squadrons. Until now, Baltimore avoided the veteran market, relying on a top trio of Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin, and Willie Snead. Pairing Antonio Brown with his cousin, Marquise, could make an already dynamic offense even more powerful. The question is whether John Harbaugh would want to inject Brown into what appears to be a harmonious wardrobe that won 14 games last season.
The Seahawks, who have also considered bringing Josh Gordon back if they’re reinstated, appear destined to add another receiver at some point. Seattle brought Philip Dorsett this offseason to go alongside Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.