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Antonio Brown’s NFL Return Just Suffered a Major Hit

Antonio Brown’s once-promising NFL career has come to a complete halt over the last year. Brown is out of a job in the league due to his questionable decision-making off the field. Despite that, he remains fixated at getting another chance to play in the NFL, which he has yet to come in any significant way. That may have taken another major hit after one potential suitor has moved into another direction.

Antonio Brown remains outside the NFL

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It’s been a long and winding path south for Antonio Brown as he’s no longer finds himself in the league.

Brown went from being a staple in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive scheme to let go by both the Las Vegas Raiders and New England Patriots. His constant unpredictability via social media, combined with his various legal issues off the field, has put him out of the NFL.

The 32-year-old has gotten some clarity with his status with the league getting an eight-game suspension to begin the 2020 season. That stems from the January that he pleaded no contest in June to a felony burglary with battery and two lesser misdemeanor charges from a case involving a matter with a moving truck company at his home.

However, the NFL still has an open investigation into the sexual misconduct charges against him. Things are moving in the right direction, but his NFL return hopes just took a big hit.

Ravens bringing in Dez Bryant for workout instead

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Throughout the last several weeks, the Baltimore Ravens were circled as a potential landing spot for Antonio Brown.

Brown has developed a strong relationship with the reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson, who publicly vouched for Baltimore to sign him. However, the front office has decided to move in another direction with a scheduled workout with Dez Bryant this week, according to Tom Pelissero and Jane Slater of The NFL Network.

Bryant hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2017 season after being cut by the Dallas Cowboys. The 31-year-old had a deal in place with the New Orleans Saints in November 2018, but he suffered a torn Achilles tendon two days after the move. He has remained fixated on getting another chance to play in the NFL, and this could be his chance to prove he has plenty left in the tank.

It also signals that the Ravens wanted no part of Brown given his unpredictability and many off-the-field issues. He has an eight-game suspension to begin the 2020 season, but there is still an open investigation on his legal matter involving sexual misconduct with a former personal trainer.

It’s also hard to envision that a team that previously dealt with Ray Rice’s situation would want to venture a route anywhere near any conflict from off-the-field matters.

What options are left?

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Antonio Brown just lost a potential suitor for his NFL return, but other teams may be interested in his services.

The Seattle Seahawks have continued to remain in the picture over the last several months. The team has kept tabs on him with his situations off-the-field this offseason. The front office also considered bringing him aboard before signing Josh Gordon last season. He has also developed a budding relationship with star quarterback Russell Wilson as the two worked out several weeks ago.

Brown has the talent still to be a bonafide No.1 option in any passing game, but it’s his unpredictable behavior, and a laundry list of off-the-field issues keeps teams at bay. The Seahawks could be the franchise that gives him a chance to play again, but it’s hard to shift through any other organization willing to venture that route.

For the time being, Brown can scratch the Ravens off the list as a possible landing spot in the 2020 season.