“It’s pretty clear the Seahawks want to run the ball even more this year,” Clayton writes. “They have loaded up at tight end and tried to stay big along the offensive line. But it’s not out of the question for the Seahawks to add another wide receiver. 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.”
However, Clayton says it’s unlikely anything would happen between the Seahawks and Brown any time soon.
“Don’t expect anything soon in regards to Brown,” Clayton writes. “While it is an option down the road, deals like that are something John Schneider waits on, as he likes to leave extra cap room for moves in the summer and during the season. And let’s not go overboard on the Antonio Brown option. He won’t be signed this month, and the Seahawks wouldn’t sign him next month. Don’t let it be a topic like trade talk years ago with the Cleveland Browns or the Seahawks drafting Josh Allen. Those things weren’t happening. If the Seahawks would do something with Brown, it would be in late July or August.”
Brown’s former agent, Drew Rosenhaus, conditionally terminated Brown in January after a slew of incidents finally became too much to handle.
Brown currently faces numerous legal situations as he waits to see if a return to the NFL is possible. The latest is three charges for assault on a delivery driver.
Brown is likely to be subject to discipline from the NFL once everything is settled, so it would be surprising to see a team sign him to a contract before then.
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 before the start of the season 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.