Antonio Brown is nearing closer to possibly getting another chance to return to the NFL. As the end of Brown‘s lengthy suspension inches to end, the star wideout‘s potential market is beginning to round into shape. However, one promising landing spot may have crossed themselves off the list to vie for his services.
Antonio Brown is moving closer to an NFL return
Over the last year, Antonio Brown has experienced a long winding journey back to the NFL that has featured many bumps in the road.
Brown’s actions off the field nearly put his football career in jeopardy as it led to him missing almost the entire 2019 season. He went from being considered one of the top wide receivers in the league to out of a job over a few months.
The 32-year-old’s questionable decision-making also led to him getting into legal trouble that ended his tenure with the New England Patriots after nearly two weeks. His actions also pushed the NFL to hand down an eight-game suspension to begin the 2020 season due to violating the personal conduct policy.
With that nearing a close, Browns appears to have lost a potential landing spot before he’s eligible to return.
Ravens are expected to sign Dez Bryant instead
The rumor mill around Antonio Brown has continued to heat up as his eight-game suspension to begin the 2020 season nears an end.
It has seen the dialogue shift toward Brown having some potential suitors once he can return to the NFL. However, it looks like the Baltimore Ravens have pulled themselves out of the mix. The Ravens are expected to bring aboard former Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant onto their practice squad, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.
Baltimore held a workout with Bryant before the 2020 season, but nothing came about from the situation. The former star wideout hasn’t played in the NFL since being let go by Dallas Cowboys after the 2017 campaign. Bryant did sign with the New Orleans Saints in November 2018 but suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his third practice with the team.
It’s an opportunity for him to rekindle his career that completely fell off the tracks due to injury. Meanwhile, Brown did have a strong connection to the Ravens as reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson publicly pushed for the franchise to sign the former All-Pro wideout. Baltimore didn’t budge in that direction even with their franchise cornerstone advocating the move.
More than anything else, it crosses off the list what could have been a highly intriguing destination.
Seahawks may be the clear-cut favorite
Although Antonio Brown just lost a promising landing spot for his NFL return, there are plenty of other potential suitors.
Throughout the process, the Seattle Seahawks have remained firmly in the picture as the clear-cut favorites to sign him. Seattle nearly brought him in last season before electing to sign Josh Gordon. The team also underwent a thorough background check on Brown over the offseason while star quarterback Russell Wilson has privately and publicly vouched for the franchise to sign him.
Adam Schefter of ESPN also reported on Wednesday that the Seahawks believe that the star wideout could fit well into their offensive game plan. There has yet to be any contract talks between both sides, but the groundwork is there for an agreement.
The expectation is that Brown will have other suitors beyond the Seahawks once he’s cleared to return. Teams such as the Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, and Philadelphia Eagles could all enter the mix. Brown will have much more clarity on this front in the coming days.