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Pete Carroll weighs in on chances of Seahawks signing Antonio Brown

The Seattle Seahawks have been frequently linked to wide receiver Antonio Brown, but coach Pete Carroll does not make it sound like a move is coming anytime soon.

Carroll said Monday that the Brown situation is “complex” and admitted that there could be a fit “somewhere down the road,” but did not appear in a hurry to bring in the wide receiver.

“It’s a very complex situation. We just need to see how it fits somewhere down the road. That’s all I got for you,” Carroll said, via Matt Howe of 247 Sports.

This isn’t a “no” from Carroll, but it’s not a “yes” either. Essentially, he’s punting on the decision right now. That’s understandable — Brown is still being investigated over sexual assault allegations, and with the receiver suspended for at least the first half of the 2020 season, there’s no real rush to get him through the door even if they’re interested.

The Seahawks are one of two teams who have been most frequently linked to the former Pro Bowler.

Antonio Brown confirms intention to play in 2020

Antonio Brown plans to play in the NFL in 2020, his agent confirmed Friday.

Ed Wasielewski confirmed via Twitter that Brown intends to play in 2020 and will not appeal his 8-game suspension.

This clarification is probably necessary for the benefit of NFL teams who may be interested, given that Brown has hinted at retirement more than once since the New England Patriots released him last year.

The 32-year-old wide receiver can play the second half of the season, though he is still facing a separate investigation over sexual assault allegations. Two teams have frequently been linked with the former Pittsburgh Steelers star, and they may begin looking a bit harder now that Brown knows where he stands with the NFL.

Report: Antonio Brown could be pursued by these two teams

Now that Antonio Brown knows where he stands with the NFL, teams may start to really consider signing him.

According to Jeff Darlington of ESPN, two teams — the Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks — remain worth watching as potential suitors for Brown.

Both franchises have been consistently linked to Brown before. The Ravens’ MVP quarterback has made no secret of his hope that the team signs Brown, and the two have even worked out together over the offseason.

Other reports indicate that it’s the Seahawks that Brown would prefer to go to. He hasn’t received anything concrete from them or any other team, but now that the NFL has handed down an 8-game suspension, that might change. The interest in him certainly doesn’t appear to have waned.

Antonio Brown won’t appeal 8-game suspension

Antonio Brown has accepted his 8-game suspension from the NFL and has no plans to appeal.

As first reported by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Brown has no plans to try to get his suspension reduced or overturned, and could theoretically return for the second half of the season as a result.

As noted, this suspension only covers Brown’s offseason legal issues. A separate investigation into sexual assault allegations against the wide receiver is ongoing, and could cause him to miss more time.

It’s been slightly over a year since Brown essentially demanded the NFL take action against him so he would know where he stood. Now he does, and he can at least think about a theoretical return to the league this season.

Antonio Brown suspended 8 games by NFL

Antonio Brown has been highly critical of the NFL for dragging out its investigation into his conduct violations, but the star receiver finally received an answer from the league on Friday.

Brown has been suspended for eight games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Robert Klemko of the Washington Post was the first to report the news.

While Klemko said Brown will be suspended beginning when he signs with a team, the 8-game ban will reportedly begin in Week 1 even if Brown remains a free agent.

Several teams have expressed interest in Brown, but the belief has been that no team would sign him until the league announced the severity of his punishment. We will now see if that is truly the case.

Lamar Jackson said this week that he is hoping the Baltimore Ravens sign Brown, and head coach John Harbaugh did not rule it out. Harbaugh referenced the NFL’s investigation and said he did not think Brown was currently available.

Brown has gotten himself into trouble with the law and the NFL for different reasons. He is still awaiting word from the league on a possible suspension following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct from two different women. Since those allegations came to light, Brown was charged with burglary with battery after he and his trainer, Glenn Holt, allegedly attacked a moving truck driver. Brown recently pleaded no contest to a charge in that incident and avoided jail time.

If all of that weren’t enough to give NFL teams pause, Brown also streamed a live video on Instagram back in January that showed him berating police officers in front of his children.

Brown, 32, spent very brief periods with the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots last season. The seven-time Pro Bowler should still be capable of playing at an elite level, as he caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018.

John Harbaugh responds to Lamar Jackson’s interest in Antonio Brown

Lamar Jackson has been open about the fact that he wants the Baltimore Ravens to sign Antonio Brown, and head coach John Harbaugh is not ruling it out.

Jackson said this week that he has been hoping the Ravens will sign Brown, and Harbaugh was asked about the reigning MVP’s comments on Thursday. Harbaugh indicated that the Ravens have interest but alluded to the fact that the NFL still has not announced disciplinary action against Brown.

Jackson and Ravens receiver Hollywood Brown worked out with Brown this offseason, but a previous report indicated Baltimore has not seriously discussed signing the seven-time Pro Bowler.

Brown has gotten himself into trouble with the law and the NFL for different reasons. He is still awaiting word from the league on a possible suspension following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct from two different women. Since those allegations came to light, Brown was charged with burglary with battery after he and his trainer, Glenn Holt, allegedly attacked a moving truck driver. Brown recently pleaded no contest to a charge in that incident and avoided jail time.

If all of that weren’t enough to give NFL teams pause, Brown also streamed a live video on Instagram back in January that showed him berating police officers in front of his children.

Brown is almost certainly facing a suspension, but teams appear unwilling to sign him until there is clarity. He recently ripped the NFL again for dragging things out.

Lamar Jackson still wants Ravens to sign Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown may not be of interest to a lot of NFL teams right now, but plenty of players still want to play with him.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson admitted he was still hopeful that the team would sign Brown, adding that he felt they share a mutual desire to win.

“I was hoping we would get him,” Jackson said Wednesday, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “I’m still hoping — a little bit.

“We want to win and I can tell in him [that] he wants to win. He wants to play ball.”

Jackson spent some time working out with Brown this offseason along with Ravens teammate Hollywood Brown, who is Antonio’s cousin. It’s pretty clear that Jackson is a fan, though the organization does not seem nearly as interested.

One key issue is that Brown is still facing sexual assault allegations that could lead to NFL discipline. That investigation hasn’t wrapped up, and Brown recently criticized the NFL for its slowness in handling that.