Antonio Brown is once again being linked to the Seattle Seahawks. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that Seattle will “make a push” to sign Brown upon his reinstatement into the NFL. Brown is currently serving an eight-game suspension that is nearing its end.
Schefter did note that other teams will be interested in Brown as well.
The embattled wide receiver last played one game for the Patriots in 2019 after sabotaging his brief stint with the Raiders. He’s been out of the league since.
Seattle has had reported interest in Brown before. Brown and Russell Wilson are friends, and the two trained together at the quarterback’s Southern California home this offseason.
Carroll gave his standard boilerplate response when asked about the potential of the Seahawks signing Brown.
“We have endeavored to be in on everything that’s going on, and John [Schneider] has done a marvelous job of always being tuned in to what’s happening. This is no exception, and so we’ll see what happens as we go forward. We’re tuned into what’s happening there.”
Brown, of course, isn’t like other players. His checkered resume, both on and off the field, makes him a player that comes with plenty of baggage. Carroll indicated that it’s too soon to have a conversation about Seattle’s comfort level with Brown’s past that includes several lawsuits, including for sexual assault.
“We’re nowhere there right now. So let’s wait and see what happens and all that,” Carroll said. “We do all of the homework we can think of doing. We will never think that we can leave a stone unturned, and so that’s how we approach everything. We’ll continue to do that here.”
Brown is quite literally one of the best receivers in NFL history, which makes it understandable why the Seahawks and other clubs would want to mull over the potential of signing him. Brown’s friendship with Wilson gives more credibility to Seattle being a potential landing spot.
But while Carroll wasn’t interested in discussing Brown’s past on Wednesday, he’ll have no choice but to face those tough questions if the Seahawks decide to acquire the troubled wideout.