Antonio Brown

Seattle Seahawks still believed as a frontrunner to sign Antonio Brown

Seattle Seahawks still believed as a frontrunner to sign Antonio Brown

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.  

[RELATED: NFL Twitter roasts Antonio Brown after he says he’s retiring from football... again]

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.]

Antonio Brown says he wants to play in the NFL again, two days after retirement

Antonio Brown says he wants to play in the NFL again, two days after retirement

Well, that didn’t last long. 

Two days after Antonio Brown shared news that he’s hanging up his cleats…again, the free agent wide receiver took a page out of Kanye West’s book and indicated he wants to return to the NFL. 

In a post on Instagram Wednesday evening, the former Pro Bowler demands for the NFL and Roger Goodell to resolve his investigation and asks the league to provide him with “clarity on this situation immediately.”

[RELATED: Antonio Brown makes Seahawks decision for them by apparently retiring]

I have complied with each and every ask of your investigations throughout the past 11 months. You have had access to all of my phones, you know what the deal is in each and every situation that the media has distorted. I have been seeing the therapist you asked me to, I have worked on all aspects of my life this past year and have become a better man because of it. The fact that you refuse to provide a deadline and the reason for the fact you won’t resolve your investigations is completely unacceptable. I demand you provide me clarity on this situation immediately if you really care about my wellbeing. My legal team continues to ask and you provide no answers. How is it that the league can just drag it’s feet on any investigation it chooses on players and we just have to sit there in limbo? Need an update so I can talk to these teams properly, they’re waiting on you @nfl let’s get this thing moving! We’ve got history to make!! #Himmothy

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@nfl I have complied with each and every ask of your investigations throughout the past 11 months. You have had access to all of my phones, you know what the deal is in each and every situation that the media has distorted. I have been seeing the therapist you asked me to, I have worked on all aspects of my life this past year and have become a better man because of it. The fact that you refuse to provide a deadline and the reason for the fact you won’t resolve your investigations is completely unacceptable. I demand you provide me clarity on this situation immediately if you really care about my wellbeing. My legal team continues to ask and you provide no answers. How is it that the league can just drag it’s feet on any investigation it chooses on players and we just have to sit there in limbo? Need an update so I can talk to these teams properly, they’re waiting on you @nfl let’s get this thing moving! We’ve got history to make!! #Himmothy

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Brown is facing a lengthy suspension stemming from sexual assault and rape allegations, leaving many teams hesitant in pursuing the star wide receiver. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has already made it clear that any team who signs Brown could see him land on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. 

UPDATE: Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Brown has been suspended without pay for the first eight regular-season games of the 2020 season. He can, however, participate in a club's preseason activities should he be signed.

The Seattle Seahawks are among teams who recently expressed interest in Brown. Seattle had internal discussions and recently conducted a deep dive on the talented wideout, but a signing was not expected to be imminent. 

[RELATED: Antonio Brown: What Seattle Seahawks would have found in deep dive]

With Seattle reportedly interested in bringing Josh Gordon back if reinstated by the NFL, it appears Brown wouldn’t mind adding his name back into the running, too. 

 

NFL Twitter roasts Antonio Brown after he says he’s retiring from football... again

NFL Twitter roasts Antonio Brown after he says he’s retiring from football... again

Amid reports that the Seattle Seahawks did a deep dive on Antonio Brown, the free agent wide receiver has seemingly announced his retirement…again. 

The former All-Pro wide receiver shared a series of tweets on Monday saying he’s done with football.

It's the third time since last September that Brown has announced his retirement. NFL Twitter wasted no time shading Brown’s announcement. Many skeptics found it hard to believe he has hung up his football cleats permanently, while several Seahawks fans were left wondering what could have been. 

  

This tweet didn’t age well, either. 

If Brown, 32, is actually done with football, he’ll finish a seven-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro over his 10-year career with the Steelers, Raiders and Patriots. Brown had six-straight seasons with over 100 receptions and 1,200 yards with the Steelers from 2013-18, but forced a trade following a contract dispute. 

Brown was then sent to the Raiders in exchange for third and sixth round picks in 2019, but never played a single game in Oakland. He signed with the Patriots, where he played just one game and caught a single touchdown, upon his release due to rape and sexual assault allegations. 

He was a player on the Seahawks’ radar, recently working out with Seattle star quarterback Russell Wilson, but now it appears his NFL career is over. 

Whether Brown is actually retiring from football this time remains unknown. You can bet Seahawks general manager John Schneider will keep his phone on loud, you know, just in case Brown changes his mind. 

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

Antonio Brown announces retirement after Seahawks reportedly conduct deep dive

Antonio Brown announces retirement after Seahawks reportedly conduct deep dive

The Seattle Seahawks are constantly looking into potential acquisitions and big-name players to bolster their roster. 

As expected, they have done their due diligence on controversial wide receiver Antonio Brown, who has spent the summer training in anticipation for his return in 2020. But according to a number of tweets from Brown on Monday, he's instead chosen to hang up his football cleats and retire from football...again.

Is it time to walk away i done everything in the game at this point the risk is greater than the reward. Thank you everyone who been part of this journey i sincerely thank you for everything! life goes on 84! I came i saw i conquered mission complete Call God.” -- Antonio Brown

According to a recent report from Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Seahawks recently looked into Brown, just as they did in September when he first became available. 

“The Seahawks have done a deep dive on Brown—they’ve done a lot of research on him,” Fowler said. “They would do that with a lot of free agents anyways, but considering his talent, they’ve looked into it and they feel they have a good grasp on who he is as a player and as a person which is crucial because of his off-field issues.”

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

The Seahawks checked in on the All-Pro wideout after he was released from the Patriots, and “why wouldn’t you,” as Coach Pete Carroll noted in September. Brown is a seven-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro, and has eclipsed 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in each of his last six full seasons.

“He’s a great player. Not everything is always what it seems. You’ve got to check into stuff and figure out what’s going on. I have confidence in our guys and John [Schneider], and our coaches that we can figure those things out and see what’s best. I don’t mind getting real close to the edge of it and figuring it out. -- Pete Carroll

[RELATED: Antonio Brown is working out with Russell Wilson in California]

[RELATED: Antonio Brown gets in a workout with Seahawks QB Geno Smith]

It's unclear whether Brown was ever going to take the field again nonetheless. He was facing a looming suspension that stems from sexual assault and rape allegations, leaving many teams hesitant in pursuing the star wide receiver. 

While Brown's retirement likely signals an end to the Brown to Seahawks rumors, it's worth noting Brown wasn't the only wide receiver in the mix. Seattle added wideout Josh Gordon to the roster in 2019, but he played just five games for the Seahawks before violating both the league's substance abuse and performance-enhancing drug policies.

Gordon applied for reinstatement in June and has been working out in the Seattle area with current and former Seahawks. 

“Seattle’s in a unique situation too because they have Josh Gordon who’s trying to come back from that indefinite suspension, but he’s been training in Seattle," Fowler said. "He would be open to playing with the Seahawks, so that’s what’s behind door number 2 for a team that’s looking to bolster their passing game for Russell Wilson."

Should the Seahawks choose Door #2 or no door at all, don’t be surprised to see GM John Schneider make some risky moves to add more offensive weapons for superstar Wilson this offseason. 

Is Russell Wilson sending subliminal message to Seahawks with Antonio Brown?

Is Russell Wilson sending subliminal message to Seahawks with Antonio Brown?

The Seattle Seahawks love to run the ball. It is known throughout the league. It was key to winning a Super Bowl.

In 2019, Seattle was fourth as a team in rushing at 137.5 yards per game and third in attempts.

But they also have a guy at quarterback named Russell Wilson.

The six-time Pro Bowl and Super Bowl winning quarterback has only been in the top-10 in passing offense once in his eight-year NFL career (No. 10 in 2016). But, that hasn't stopped the Seahawks from signing him to a $140M extension. And for Wilson, he's generated MVP buzz while leading Seattle to playoff after playoff after playoff.

This offseason, with the NFL season on the horizon, Wilson has been running routes and working out with Antonio Brown. The former Steelers, Raiders and Patriots wide receiver has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, but is attempting a possible comeback. Is it possible it can be with the Seahawks?

And is there a subliminal message that Wilson wants to up the amount of receiving targets so he can air the ball out more?

On Monday, 'Speak For Yourself' hosts Emmanuel Acho and Marcellus Wiley broke down Wilson’s somewhat hidden antics and signaling to the Seahawks organization regarding his workouts with Brown.

Six tight ends on this roster. The tight end room is deep. But that’s not how you effectively play the game if you’re going to do it to optimal standards… He’s [Wilson] is sitting there saying, ‘Look, the point is if you give me what I want, I’ll give you what you need.’ — Marcellus Wiley 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Seahawks free safety and former Oregon Duck Ugo Amadi].

This has been a question for sometime now: will a team roll the dice on Brown?

NFL Network’s Mike Silver recently reported the Seahawks were having internal discussions about adding Brown to the roster, and why wouldn’t they do their due diligence if Wilson wants him in Seattle.  

"They are absolutely interested in having him potentially as a late-season addition," Silver said.

After Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed a historic, 10-year, $500+ million contract on Monday, Emmanuel Acho also added this on Wilson:

"Russ realizes the weight of his legacy falls on his shoulders… If he wants to enter into that conversation of the Mahomes’ and Rodgers’ of the world, he needs a few more pieces." 

Agree or disagree with Acho’s statement, Wilson has already changed the game at the quarterback position. But here’s the thing, he continues to get better and better. He hasn’t reached his peak yet.

Seattle’s receiver duo of Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf is good, but is it enough? Is signing Phillip Dorsett this offseason going to be enough? Which of those six tight ends will impact Wilson and the passing game? 

Will Seattle listen to Russell Wilson and bring in superstar-caliber players like Brown?

Antonio Brown is working out with Russell Wilson in California

Antonio Brown is working out with Russell Wilson in California

Every offseason, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson heads down to Southern California and invites his wide receivers, amongst others, for organized passing sessions to prepare for the upcoming season. 

Wilson recently hosted second-year receiver DK Metcalf for a workout, before the NFLPA recommended players suspend private workouts due to COVID-19. Now, it appears the Seahawks franchise quarterback has another wideout in for a visit. 

If you take a look at Antonio Brown’s latest Instagram posts, you’ll see that he’s been training on the Russell Wilson property. If it’s not obvious on first glance, these next screenshots are a dead giveaway. 

In one video, Brown is stretching with resistance bands and a Seahawks helmet sits directly across from him. 

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Then, if you look at the logo in the middle of the field, it matches Wilson’s Nike logo, which is a combination of his initials and jersey number. 

You can see the same logo in Wilson's latest video with a robot defender. 

So, who exactly is throwing to Brown in the video? It's Wilson as confirmed in a post from Brown himself.

The workout between the quarterback-wide receiver duo comes as no surprise, especially considering recent rumors linking the Seahawks to the talented wide receiver. 

NFL Network’s Mike Silver recently reported the Seahawks were having internal discussions about adding Brown to the roster, and why wouldn’t they do their due diligence if Wilson wants him in Seattle.  

"They are absolutely interested in having him potentially as a late-season addition," Silver said.

Adding Brown would definitely solidify the Seahawks as contenders and give Seattle arguably the best trio of wide receivers in the NFL, alongside DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. 

But there are still several hurdles in Brown’s way and considering the fact he is facing a potential suspension that stems from sexual assault and rape allegations, it’s a road the Seahawks may choose to avoid rather than take. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest former Seattle Seahawks legend Steve Largent].

Antonio Brown is a 'diva wide receiver' the Seattle Seahawks don't need

Antonio Brown is a 'diva wide receiver' the Seattle Seahawks don't need

Russell Wilson’s connection with Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf was on full display last season. 

Lockett recorded 82 receptions for 1,057 yards and eight touchdowns while Metcalf far surpassed the norms for rookie wide receivers, catching 58 passes for 900 yards and seven touchdowns. 

But Wilson wants to add more superstars and another offensive weapon is at the top of his list. Enter veteran receiver Antonio Brown. 

He’s recently been linked to the Seattle Seahawks, after a report circulated that Wilson “would love to add” Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler and four-time First-Team All-Pro. 

But Brown comes with baggage, and if you ask Colin Cowherd of FS1’s “The Herd,” it’s a problem the Seahawks don’t want to have.

“Why deal with Antonio Brown?” Cowherd said. “Certainly talented, but not that talented that he blows up a locker room like the Oakland situation, like the Pittsburgh situation, they had to throw him out of New England.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgUG_nu1GRA

Cowherd isn’t wrong. The controversial wideout requested a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers following an alleged argument with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. 

He was then traded to the Oakland Raiders, where he was scrutinized for missing practices for heavily blistered feet due to cryotherapy, a helmet grievance and reportedly had verbal altercations with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock that led to Oakland voiding the guaranteed money on his contract and leading to his release. 

Then, everything seemed to be going well with the New England Patriots, when allegations of sexual and personal misconduct were issued against Brown. He was cut by the Patriots following one game where he had four catches for 56 yards and one touchdown.   

The NFL announced it was investigating Brown under its personal conduct policy and the investigation remains ongoing at this time. He could face a lengthy suspension. 

Cowherd doesn’t seem convinced that Brown has changed, citing details why the “diva wide receiver” doesn’t have a place in today’s NFL.

My entire life of the NFL there has been this thing called ‘diva’ wide receivers and they’ve had remarkable power. You just deal with the headaches because the guys are so special. Here’s the problem – the diva receiver has become the hockey enforcer in 2020, you don’t need ‘em. 

Everyone used to have a hockey enforcer, a tough guy who couldn’t skate and wasn’t fast, but the game is too skilled now. You don’t need the diva wide receiver.

While Brown is certainly an elite talent and arguably one of the best wide receivers of his generation, he remains a free agent. He remains ready for an NFL team, should one call, and has shared video working out alongside Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith.   

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

 

Antonio Brown gets in a workout with Seahawks QB Geno Smith 

Antonio Brown gets in a workout with Seahawks QB Geno Smith 

Geno Smith and Antonio Brown are staying ready this NFL offseason.   

In a series of videos posted to Instagram, Smith shows off his footwork skills at Brown’s facility 84/7 Fitness. In one of the later videos, Smith is throwing passes to the seven-time Pro Bowler, who is suited up in the No. 84 in what looks to be Steelers pants, a Raiders jersey, and yes, a helmet.

Take a look: 

Meanwhile, 710 ESPN Seattle’s John Clayton reported last week that none other than Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was pushing for Seattle to sign Brown.

“It’s not out of the question for the Seahawks to add another wide receiver,” Clayton said. “According to sources, Wilson would love to add Antonio Brown. Brown is also close with backup QB Geno Smith, whose one-year contract with the Seahawks was finalized Wednesday.”

This isn’t the first time the Seahawks have been linked to the All-Pro wideout. Coach Pete Carroll acknowledged that Seattle had checked in on Brown after he was released by the Patriots last September.

“Why wouldn’t you?” Carroll continued. “He’s a great player. Not everything is always what it seems. You’ve got to check into stuff and figure out what’s going on. I have confidence in our guys and John [Schneider], and our coaches that we can figure those things out and see what’s best. I don’t mind getting real close to the edge of it and figuring it out.”

Brown made one appearance for the New England Patriots in 2019 before the team released him in September after the NFL launched an investigation into his alleged sexual assault and harassment of a female who made claims against him. 

Russell Wilson may be on board with adding Brown, Geno Smith likely is too, but until the Seahawks or any other NFL team extend an offer to the controversial wide receiver, Brown remains a free agent.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

Report: Russell Wilson wants Antonio Brown to join Seahawks

Report: Russell Wilson wants Antonio Brown to join Seahawks

Russell Wilson and Antonio Brown have gotten to know each other throughout various offseason workouts and while attending Pro Bowl games over the years. 

It’s why the Seattle Seahawks franchise quarterback reportedly advocated for Seattle to sign Brown in 2019. But rather than sign the four-time All-Pro, Seattle went on to claim Josh Gordon, who played five games in a Seahawks uniform before he was suspended a fifth time for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs and substance abuse.

Fast forward to the 2020 offseason and the Seahawks could still use some additional weapons to complement Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf and speedy wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, who signed a one-year deal with Seattle in March. 

Wilson still wants the Seahawks to add more superstars, and he still believes Antonio Brown can help Seattle. 

Per John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle, Wilson would love to bring Brown to Seattle. He also noted Brown’s close relationship with backup quarterback, Geno Smith, who finalized his one-year contract on Wednesday. Clayton added that if a deal were to unfold with the 31-year-old wide receiver, it would likely occur in July or August. 

The Seahawks did their due diligence in checking on Brown, who was released by the Patriots last September after the NFL launched an investigation into his alleged sexual assault and harassment of a female who made claims against him.  

“We’re involved in everything,” Carroll said last September about Brown. “We’ve been telling you that for a long time. We seriously mean we’re trying to know what’s going on with every opportunity to get better, and if we miss one of those we messed up. We didn’t know what was going on with that one.”

Brown played in one game for the Patriots in 2019, 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. Before New England, Brown was released by the Raiders after a turbulent tenure in the Bay Area.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Kevin Calabro. 

Mario Cristobal unexpectedly gets roped into Antonio Brown drama

Mario Cristobal unexpectedly gets roped into Antonio Brown drama

Antonio Brown, one of the most talented receivers in modern day history, has been making headlines for months, but for all the wrong reasons. 

Let's try to get you caught up:

- After a falling out with the team, Brown was traded by the Steelers to the Raiders in March of last year.

- Brown butted heads with the Raiders staff and the NFL. He had a very public dispute with the league over the use of his preferred helmet, and was later fined $40,000 by the Raiders for failing to participate in team walkthroughs Irritated, Brown took to Instagram and asked for his release. On September 7th, the Raiders granted his wish. 

- Later that same day, Brown signed a one-year deal with the Patriots. That marriage didn't last, either. He played in just one game and was cut from the team on September 20.

- Now, without a team and a lot of free time, Brown has used social media as an outlet. However, it wasn't a creative outlet. Instead, he used it to voice his displeasure with the league, teams around the NFL, and to air his dirty laundry. He even posted multiple live videos showing him getting in verbal altercations with the police outside his home. The latest being posted on January 13 (WARNING: The linked video contains offensive language).

That is the super short, Cliffnotes version of the Antonio Brown saga. So, what does all of that have to do with Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal?

Well, early Tuesday morning, Brown managed to rope the Oregon head coach in.

Good morning, coach...

Back in 2007, Mario Cristobal was starting his first season as head coach at Florida International. As for Brown, he was looking to latch on with a D1 program. Brown initially planned to attend Florida State, but his admission was denied due to "academic concerns."  He then tried to enroll at Alcorn State, but again, academics prevented him from admission. He instead spent one season at North Carolina Tech Prep, where he would catch the eye of FIU and Cristobal. 

FIU offered Brown a scholarship, which he accepted, but he never played a snap for the Panthers. Why? The aforementioned "cop chase" Brown tweeted... but it wasn't really a cop chase at all. 

According to ESPN, "One night in February 2007, before he officially joined the team, he was walking on campus with a friend, who got into a dispute with another student. When security arrived, another argument broke out, this time including Brown, who panicked and fled. When FIU found out, the school rescinded his scholarship."

It wasn't so much a cop chase as it was a student-athlete running away from campus security. Cristobal responded to Brown's off the field antics by cutting him from the squad.

12 years later, Brown used the altercation to rope Cristobal into the never-ending AB Saga.

Now is a good time to remind you that Cristobal played football at Miami, where he was teammates with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Due to six-degrees of separation, there is a chance Brown will rope the Jumanji star in next.