ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that free agent WR Antonio Brown is looking to get his off-field issues resolved and clear up his playing status in the next weeks so he can sign with an NFL team.
The NFL is still conducting their investigation under its personal conduct policy after a lawsuit was filed against him by his former trainer, who alleges that she was sexually assaulted on multiple occasions. Another sexual misconduct claim was made against Brown by an artist.
A source tells Fowler that the NFL has yet to interview Brown has part of their investigation.
Brown would reportedly wait to sign with a team until it is clear he would be allowed to play. In the time being, Brown has been training rigorously and is still open to re-signing with the Patriots, but he just wants to play for someone this year.
Brown officially filed grievances against the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots last week.
In total, Brown is seeking to recoup roughly $40 million in unpaid salary, fines and voided guarantees from these two teams. However, his grievances likely won’t be heard by the system arbitrator until the spring and he faces a major uphill battle to recoup the entire sum.
Brown, 31, is a former sixth-round pick of the Steelers back in 2010. He was in the third year of his five-year, $72.71 million contract when the Steelers traded him to the Raiders back in March.
The Raiders later signed Brown to a new contract worth $50.125 million and includes $30.125 million guaranteed. However, Oakland made the decision to release Brown a few weeks ago and he later signed a one-year deal worth up to $15 million with the Patriots.
Brown lasted just 11 days in New England.
In 2019, Brown appeared in one game for the Patriots and caught four passes for 56 yards receiving and one touchdown.
We’ll have more regarding Brown as the news is available.