Still, relations between Wilson and the Seahawks have been strained. It may help somewhat if the Seahawks follow their quarterback’s advice and bring in free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Russell Wilson wants Antonio Brown for the Seattle Seahawks
According to NFL reporter John Clayton, Russell Wilson is actively recruiting wide receiver Antonio Brown to join the Seattle Seahawks. In the second half of the 2020 season, Brown played a vital role in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl push, catching 53 passes for 564 yards and six touchdowns in 11 regular-season and playoff games.
This is not the first time Wilson has tried to recruit Brown to the Seahawks. Last season, as Brown served his eight-game suspension, he was still a free agent. The Seahawks were one of many potential landing spots, and Wilson was all for the idea of Brown coming to Seattle.
“Most of the conversations I’ve had with most his former teammates and stuff like that said that he worked hard every day,” Wilson said to ProFootballTalk in October. “If he does play again, I think this is a place that he’ll grow a lot as a man as well.”
Brown instead joined Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, and the rest was history.
Antonio Brown would add to a stacked Seahawks offense
If there’s one thing the Seattle Seahawks aren’t starved for, it’s offense.
Russell Wilson already has a dynamic duo of wide receivers to throw to. Last season, Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf combined for 183 receptions, 2,357 yards, and 20 touchdowns. The Seahawks shored things up even further by re-signing running back Chris Carson earlier this week.
If Brown went to Seattle, he would most likely fit in as a slot receiver working in formation with Lockett and Metcalf. This is roughly the same role he filled in the second half of the 2020 season with Tampa alongside Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Antonio Brown still wants to ‘work this out’ with the Buccaneers
For all of Wilson’s efforts, Brown’s first priority is still getting a deal done in Tampa Bay. Over a week into the start of the free agency period, the Buccaneers have yet to re-sign both Brown and running back Leonard Fournette.
“Me and playoff Lenny [are] gonna work this out,” said Brown through Instagram, according to CBS Sports.
Both players had a vital role in Tampa’s Super Bowl triumph. Fournette rushed for 300 yards and three touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ four postseason games, living up to his nickname, “Playoff Lenny”. According to NFL reporter Ian Rapoport, the New England Patriots have expressed an interest in Fournette’s services.
The Buccaneers have succeeded in most of their free agency goals already. They have extended Tom Brady’s contract while leaving enough room to re-sign Rob Gronkowski, Shaquil Barret, Lavonte David, and Chris Godwin.