Adam Schefter reported on Sunday morning that before the Seattle Seahawks claimed Josh Gordon off waivers, the team did its due diligence on Antonio Brown. In fact, it was Russell Wilson leading the charge, according to Schefter.
Sources: Seahawks did due diligence on Antonio Brown before claiming Josh Gordon.https://t.co/HBTq1WwfV7— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 3, 2019
Wilson and Brown got to know each other at various Pro Bowls over the years and have worked out together during the offseason before.
Brown is currently being investigated by the NFL for ongoing domestic violence accusations against him. As Schefter noted, it doesn't sound like the league office is close to a decision, which likely impacted Seattle's decision to not sign Brown.
Brown played in one game for the New England Patriots this season, catching 4-of-8 targets for 56 yards and one touchdown. New England dropped him the very next week once the allegations against Brown gained steam. Brown had previously been released by the Oakland Raiders after a turbulent stint in the Bay Area.
Seattle, clearly understanding its need at wide receiver, claimed Gordon instead. Gordon caught 20 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games this season with the Patriots. He won't play on Sunday against the Buccaneers. Instead, he'll make his Seahawks debut in Week 10 against the 49ers on "Monday Night Football."