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Sport When can Antonio Brown return from his suspension? Latest news, rumours & fits with NFL teams reportedly interested

14:42  22 october  2020
14:42  22 october  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The NFL has suspended Brown eight games for violating the personal conduct policy, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Brown wouldn't be a fit with the team , ESPN.com's Jenna Laine reports. Tom Brady reportedly had interest in bringing Brown to his next

Still, Brown wants what he wants, but it appears he first wants to get his mountain of erratic affairs in order before attempting to return to the field, according to Even if the Patriots, or any team , were to give him another chance, the NFL has warned the league office may step in and place Brown on the

Antonio Brown's return to the NFL may be coming sooner rather than later.

The wide receiver's suspension is eligible to end after Week 8, and ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that multiple teams are interested in Brown. The Seahawks are the only team currently named in Schefter's report, and he mentions that both Russell Wilson and Geno Smith's (Seattle's quarterbacks) are friends with Brown, have worked out with him and have remained in touch with him about the possibility of joining the Seahawks.

Schefter clarified that no official contract talks have begun with Brown, but he writes that teams are trying to position themselves to sign Brown as soon as he's potentially reinstated, which could come in the lead up to Week 9. Here's what to know about the possibility of Brown returning to the NFL, along with potential team fits.

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With Antonio Brown ’s suspension eligible to end after week 8, the Seattle Seahawks are now positioned to make a push to sign him, though they’re not Off the field, Brown has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a moving truck driver and he's been accused of raping a former personal trainer.

Antonio Brown is still pursuing an NFL career, his agent says. The team reportedly cut bait with Brown over menacing text messages he sent to a woman accusing him of sexual misconduct. AB was reportedly set to collect a huge chunk of the money if he just lasted another week with the Pats.

MORE: Why is Antonio Brown suspended?

Why is Antonio Brown suspended?

Brown was suspended at the end of July for eight games for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. The suspension stemmed from his January 2020 arrest that was connected to attacking the driver of a moving company truck.

The initial Brown charge was felony assault and battery, and in March charges handed down included burglary of a vehicle, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor criminal mischief. Brown is still under investigation for sexual assault allegations brought on him by a former trainer in 2019. Those allegations were what led the Patriots to release him last season. The NFL could still hand down further punishment to Brown if that investigation reaches that conclusion.

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Antonio Brown is awaiting word from the NFL on possible disciplinary action, and that is likely the main reason he remains a free agent. If and when the league does determine his fate, the Houston Texans are among the teams that could come calling. During an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show”

The good news for Brown is that his interview has now been scheduled. According to ESPN.com, Brown is scheduled to meet with the league on Brown 's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN.com in early November that there are "a few teams that are very interested in signing Antonio once this

When will Antonio Brown be reinstated?

Brown is eligible to be reinstated following Week 8, when his eight game suspension is complete. Despite being a free agent and not having the possibility to appear in any specific games in 2020 so far, Brown's eight-game suspension counter still runs in conjunction with the league calendar.

Players have to go through an official application process to apply for reinstatement, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has power over whether a player is reinstated or not. Assuming the NFL's ongoing investigation into Brown's misconduct hasn't reached any conclusions, there's nothing that would suggest Brown won't be reinstated after serving the allotted eight games.

Brown would also need to pass COVID-19 testing upon signing with a new team. Any new free-agent signing has to go through a six-day COVID-19 entry testing process before he can join his new team, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

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If you thought the Antonio Brown helmet controversy was over, well, you might want to think again. And after recently examining it, the NFL informed Brown that his helmet failed the test. It remains to be seen if -- and for how long -- this latest ordeal could keep Brown away from the practice field.

Suspensions . Brown got his eight-game suspension for a litany of off-field issues. The NFL could extend the suspension based on the results of a civil suit stemming from sexual assault allegations. Thomas is an elite talent, but he is aging and might not be the right fit in every locker room.

Antonio Brown rumors: Which NFL team could sign him?

Seattle Seahawks

The only team named specifically in Schefter's initial report, the Seahawks are likely in the running because of Wilson and Smith. We've also seen Seattle sign an embattled receiver before, when they brought in Josh Gordon after multiple suspensions.

The Seahawks don't necessarily need Brown badly, as Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf form one of the top receiver combinations in the league. But if Brown is the player he once was, he'd make Seattle Super Bowl favorites if the defense can firm up.

New England Patriots

Bill Belichick took Brown on as a reclamation project in 2019, but that didn't last very long. It's likely that New England wouldn't go that route again, but the Patriots do consistently reach into the NFL's free-agent pool for talented players who are viewed as troubled for one reason or another. If Cam Newton has interest in joining with Brown, the Pats' receiving corps could certainly use the help.

Baltimore Ravens

Jackson has said in the past that he'd be "happy" if the Ravens signed Antonio Brown. Jackson threw with Brown in the offseason. Antonio Brown is also cousins with star Ravens WR Marquise Brown, who made the introduction between Jackson and Antonio. Baltimore has a run-heavy offense, but Antonio Brown would instantly become their top passing game weapon.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brady welcomed Brown into his home last season when Brown joined the Patriots, although that marriage ended in a relatively quick release as more about Brown's past misconduct emerged. It's not obvious how Brady feels about Brown at this point.

The Buccaneers already have Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but because they're both injury-prone and Bruce Arians loves to pass, there'd likely be room for Brown if Tampa Bay wanted to sign him.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are down Alshon Jeffery, Jalen Reagor, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert in their passing game. Travis Fulgham has emerged, and DeSean Jackson is back, but if Doug Pederson wants to make a charge in the NFC East, maybe Brown is the answer to help Carson Wentz.

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