Antonio Brown has been suspended for eight games by the NFL for violation of the NFL's peronal conduct policy, Robert Klemko of the Washington Post reported.
Antonio Brown (free agent) is being suspended for 8 games for violation fo the NFL personal conduct policy, beginning whenever he signs, per league source.— robertklemko (@RobertKlemko) July 31, 2020
Brown played for the Patriots for one game in 2019 before being released. He's since retired and then un-retired three times before Friday's news came down. As Klemko reported, the clock on the suspension wouldn't begin until he signed with a team. Any team who added him would be doing so for a late-season playoff run. Brown would be able to participate in training camp.
The suspension stems from a number of off-field instances and could be made longer depending on whether or not new evidence is found in an open civil case in Florida. As part of the terms of the suspension, Brown will have to continue his counseling and treatment program.
So this eight-game suspension for free-agent WR Antonio Brown closes the NFL's personal conduct investigation into a felony case involving a truck driver, and an allegation by an artist. Investigation into allegations by former trainer ongoing. (@RobertKlemko 1st on suspension)— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 31, 2020
Seattle has done their homework on Brown and has reportedly considered signing the embattled wide receiver. It seems much more likely that the Seahawks turn to Josh Gordon instead (assuming he's reinstated).
Now that teams know exactly what they're getting themselves into with Brown from a suspension standpoint, it'll be interesting to see if anyone takes the risk. There's no doubt that Brown is an all-world talent. But given his history and antics both on and off the field, it seems like the risk would be too extreme for most clubs.