There is so much unknown about Antonio Brown’s situation. If he can play, when the NFL’s investigation into him will end, where he would play, his conditioning.
What is becoming clear is the Seahawks are interested in getting these answers.
Seattle is positioning itself to be in play for Brown, whose suspension ends after Week 8, ESPN reported Wednesday, intrigued with the idea of pairing him with his buddy, Russell Wilson, who worked out with Brown in the offseason.
The former Steelers superstar and Raiders head-scratcher is suspended for eight games for multiple violations of the league’s personal conduct policy. He has been accused of sexual misconduct by an artist he worked with in 2017. He also is under investigation by a former trainer who alleged he sexually assaulted her. The investigation remains open.
For now, Brown remains a free agent with a reported growing interest around him as teams see what they could need for playoff runs. The 5-0 Seahawks, in adding a bona-fide No. 1 receiver, would be that much more imposing, though a signing is far from a certainty.
Other teams have expressed interest, according to the report, and no contract talks have begun.
The 32-year-old Brown has not played since Sept. 15 of last year, when he caught a touchdown for the Patriots. He had forced his way off the Steelers, who traded him to Jon Gruden’s Raiders, with whom he never played a game. He created plenty of training-camp drama that included a fight over a helmet, frost-bitten feet, unexcused absences, a fight with GM Mike Mayock and a release demand. He was dealt to New England, who released him after the artist came forward.
He’s been a headache for every one to deal with. If he joins the Seahawks, perhaps a headache for the 49ers, too.