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.
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.
The NFL has reached its decision to suspend my client Antonio Brown @AB84 for 8 games. Antonio accepts this decision and will not appeal. He is excited to resume his outstanding football career and is looking forward to playing in the 2020 season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day after Lamar Jackson extolled Antonio Brown, #Ravens HC John Harbaugh says he respects his QB's opinion, that team "will look at any and every player" and that AB "is no exception." But then, referencing active NFL investigation, adds: "I don’t think he’s available right now"
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.