After rumors surfaced last season that Russell Wilson was lobbying to bring Antonio Brown to Seattle, it appears the Seahawks QB isn’t done courting the free agent wide receiver.
According to ESPN’s John Clayton via 93.7 The Fan, Wilson is still trying to convince the Seahawks to bring AB to Seattle.
"I think there's going to be some interest here in Seattle unfortunately," Clayton said. "Although I don't want to see him here, I know that you'd probably need to give him a raise from Tampa... I know Tom's pushing to get him, Russell Wilson's pushing to get him."
Following the end of the embattled wide receiver’s eight-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy last season, Seattle was said to be one of the teams in the mix to acquire the seven-time Pro Bowler’s services.
Instead, Brown signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reuniting with quarterback Tom Brady to win another Super Bowl ring. With Brown in the starting lineup for the Bucs, Tampa Bay went 4-0. He caught 53 of 73 targets for 564 yards and six touchdowns in 11 total games last season.
So, why does Wilson keep trying to lure Brown to Seattle? The two are very good friends and have trained together at Wilson’s Southern California home over the past few offseasons.
When asked about Brown last October, Wilson said the 32-year-old wideout was “one of the best” in the game. He also shared why Seattle would be a solid place for Brown to return to the NFL.
“Most of the conversations I’ve had with most of his former teammates and stuff like that said that he worked hard every day,” Wilson said. “He came ready, and I think he had a bad year or two there that didn’t go the way you want it to. I think that with our culture and how our culture is, with Coach Carroll, with the teammates that we have, the men that we have and the growth, I think, if he does play football, I think this is a great place. If he does play again, I think this is a place that he’ll grow a lot as a man as well.”
As NFL Network's Mike Silver mentioned, the Seahawks did indeed make a push Brown in 2020. It just wasn't enough.
"Antonio Brown, for example, he chose Tampa Bay over Seattle," Silver said. "Seattle was absolutely in on trying to get Antonio Brown which Russell Wilson was urging. And they tried, and Antonio Brown said, 'you know what? I want Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' and we know what happened next."
Entering the second week of free agency, Brown remains unsigned and on the market. Could Seattle pull the trigger and bring in the four-time All-Pro? Let’s reframe the question… is Seattle willing to listen to their star QB who aired out his grievances in the public eye this February?
If Wilson is so displeased, one way to make him happy is to give him exactly what he wants, and it appears that is Antonio Brown.