It has been a roller coaster ride for Antonio Brown in his quest to get back to the NFL. The star wide receiver has dealt with many off-the-field situations that have been roadblocks in his journey to resume his illustrious career. In light of that, Brown finally got the answer he was waiting for with his suspension from the league office. It has now shifted the Seattle Seahawks to monitor the situation for a possible pairing down the road.
Antonio Brown gets eight-game suspension
The last several months have seen Antonio Brown go through a range of emotions about his desire to return to the NFL.
It created much disdain toward the league due to the lengthy investigation taking a long time. The 32-year-old got what he wanted from the NFL last Friday as he was suspended for the first eight games of the 2020 season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The expectation was that he was going to serve a hefty punishment for his actions away from football.
The correlation to the suspension 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.
Seahawks watching Antonio Brown situation
With the suspension finally being handed down on Antonio Brown, it has provided much-needed clarity.
Throughout the last few months, the Seahawks have remained in the picture with an expressed interest in the All-Pro wideout. Head coach Pete Carroll further confirmed that notion by stating that the team is keeping an eye on Brown, according to Brady Henderson of ESPN.
“What I’d say to you is what we always say because it’s what we always do and who we are,” Carroll said when asked about the Seahawks’ rumored interest in Brown. “John is competing at every turn. There’s never been a process, unless we just missed it, that we weren’t involved with to understand what the chances were of helping our club. He’s all over it. He understands what’s going on right now, as much as you can. It’s a very complex situation. We just need to see where it fits somewhere down the road. That’s all I got for you.”
That isn’t to say that the Seahawks will sign Brown, but rather that the possibility is there. They have long been interested in his services well before the suspension was handed down. There were reports that Russell Wilson has told the team to sign him before adding Josh Gordon last season.
The case remains the same as the Seahawks are looking at both situations with Brown and Gordon’s NFL future.
NFL return is coming soon?
What this speaks to more than anything else is that Antonio Brown could be nearing a return to the NFL.
As long as he avoids additional league punishment, several other teams will air out their interest in his services. Brown is still a highly explosive asset for any offense that can step in as the No. 1 receiving option. That alone could attract many more franchises beyond the Seahawks.
There are still things that need to play out in his favor with the sexual misconduct case. However, it looks like he could be back in the NFL quite soon.