The past several months for Antonio Brown has been a whirlwind for star wide receiver Antonio Brown as he finds himself on the outside looking into the NFL. His future in the league is up in the air due to various off-the-field issues, including a pair of serious legal matters that have kept him away. However, Brown has made subtle hints at his desire to return to the New England Patriots over the last few weeks, which the team has now decided on the possibility of bringing him back aboard.
Antonio Brown’s rocky journey
Following the departure from the Pittsburgh Steelers, it had appeared that Brown was going to have a fresh start with the Oakland Raiders.
However, things quickly turned sideways for the franchise as the 31-year-old’s issues off the field became the storyline around him as his brief tenure wore on in Oakland. The combination of some helmet drama, frostbitten feet, and tension with general manager Mike Mayock led to the team parting ways with the star wideout.
Brown received another promising opportunity with the Patriots electing to pick him up in free agency, but the surfacing of a pair of sexual misconduct chargers ended that scenario. New England decided to part ways with the Pro Bowler less than two weeks after signing him.
In the weeks that have followed, Brown filed record-breaking grievances and appeals against the Patriots and Raiders to get his money back. Meanwhile, he has gone on several rants via social media bashing the league and the Patriots. While all of that was going on, the league has been on an intensive investigation concerning his legal matters to determine his future and possible punishments ahead.
Brown has topped that off by issuing a lengthy apology on his Instagram account that would indicate his desire to return to New England or get a chance with another team. With all that mind, the Patriots have decided on the possibility of bringing him back.
Patriots come to final decision on Antonio Brown
Over the last few weeks, Brown has continued to make suggestions towards his desire to get another opportunity to play for the Patriots.
Beyond his broad apology to the NFL, he has made several other social media posts about New England, including a photo with himself and Tom Brady. With the regular season entering the final month of games, New England has chosen not to re-sign Brown, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Although they need additional offensive weapons for their postseason push, the New England Patriots will not re-sign wide receiver Antonio Brown, league sources told ESPN.
The Patriots may have the pressing need to add more dynamic playmakers to their passing game, but the team is passing up on Brown due to likely the ongoing investigation around him. The reports also suggest that the organization has not even considered bringing him back since deciding to part ways back in mid-September.
What this means more than anything else is that the Patriots can be scratched off the list of potential suitors if he’s able to resume his NFL career.
Antonio Brown’s NFL future
The Patriots can now be taken off the list of potential suitors for Brown if he’s able to continue playing in the NFL.
The report from Schefter also entails that the star wideout’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has continued to state that there are several teams interested in bringing him on board. That alone shouldn’t be surprising given that Brown’s talent alone does belong on an NFL roster as his behavior and decision-making off of it that has kept him out of the league.
Ultimately, the entire situation will come down to what transpires with the two serious legal charges that he’s facing at this moment. If those situations work in his favor, there will be a market for his services in the NFL.