Report: At least 20 teams ‘seriously interested’ in signing Antonio Brown
The NFL has yet to conclude its investigation into a number of disturbing allegations against Antonio Brown, and that is likely the only thing standing in the way of him finding another job. According to one report, more than half the teams in the NFL have legitimate interest in signing the star wide receiver.
Three NFL general managers told Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman that at least 20 teams are “seriously interested” in signing Brown. That group includes almost every potential playoff team, perhaps with the exception of the New England Patriots. Not surprisingly, Brown’s off-field behavior has been deterring NFL clubs. However, you may be surprised which aspect of that is said to bother executives the most.
Brown’s former trainer and friend Britney Taylor filed a sexual assault lawsuit against him earlier this year, and another woman later accused the seven-time Pro Bowler of sexual misconduct. The Patriots cut Brown back in September after he sent text messages to the second alleged victim that could be interpreted as threatening in nature, but Freeman reports that many teams are more “disgusted” with Brown constantly embarrassing himself on social media.
“He is drawing a lot of interest, [but] a lot of teams wish he would just shut up,” one AFC GM told Freeman.
Brown is constantly on Twitter and Instagram, and he bounces back and forth between apologizing for his behavior and trashing the NFL. He once again accused the NFL of being a racist organization in his most recent rant, and he ridiculed the league for putting out a “hit” on him when other players who have been arrested and accused of crimes are still playing. Brown previously unloaded on Patriots owner Robert Kraft in a since-deleted tweet after he was released by the team.
In other words, Brown continues to do himself no favors. His talent is undeniable, and it says a lot that teams are still interested given that Freeman was told most of them expect the 31-year-old to be suspended for at least six games when the NFL finally makes a ruling. It would be a surprise if Brown isn’t on a roster next season, but how long he lasts will be the real storyline worth watching.