Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks still believed as a frontrunner to sign Antonio Brown

Seattle Seahawks

Antonio Brown may have been handed an eight-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, but that doesn’t mean the Seattle Seahawks won’t still try to sign him this season. 

If you asked NBC Sports’ Peter King, he’d bet his money on it. 

I think if I had to put $5 down on Antonio Brown's team for this year after his eight-game ban is served, I'd put it on Seattle. Russell Wilson is a fan and wants it to happen, Pete Carroll isn't afraid of risky guys, and John Schneider (Percy Harvin, Josh Gordon) is okay with taking shots on game-breakers with baggage. -- King wrote in his latest Football Morning in America column

OK, so $5 isn’t exactly the most promising wager, but as King notes John Schneider and Pete Carroll are all about risky moves, and Seattle’s title window under Wilson is slowly closing at 31 years old. 

Wilson, as well as Seahawks backup QB Geno Smith, have both been seen working out alongside Brown this offseason and have reportedly been advocating for his signing. 

The Seahawks had internal discussions and recently conducted a deep dive on the talented wideout, but a signing was not expected to be imminent. Brown shared news he was hanging up his cleats, before unretiring two days later.  

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If signed by Seattle or any other suitor for that matter, Brown could technically return following Week 8, just in time for a potential playoff run.

But, and yes there’s a but, his suspension could be extended if further violations are found related to an ongoing civil suit in Florida. NFL Media reported that the league continues to investigate a separate sexual assault allegation involving Brown. 

The free agent wide receiver has been without a team since he was released by the Patriots, where he played just one game in 2019. 

Brown will begin the 2020 season unable to participate, but he would be allowed to take part in a team’s preseason activities if he were to sign. It’s worth watching to see if a team, perhaps the Seahawks, will take a chance on the controversial wideout now or at some point in the 2020 season. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Jake Heaps.]