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Sport Would the Patriots really take Antonio Brown back?

02:10  22 november  2019
02:10  22 november  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Antonio Brown randomly posted an apology to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft this week. Brown played one game with the Patriots . He had four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown with limited snaps and not much time to learn the offense.

Then-New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown looks on before the start of an NFL football game Brown has apologized to the Patriots and team owner Robert Kraft for any negative attention he brought He’ll pick one each weekday to answer, then we’ll take the discussion to the comments.

Antonio Brown randomly posted an apology to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft this week.

a close up of a person wearing a costume: Antonio Brown played one game with the Patriots. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)© Provided by Oath Inc. Antonio Brown played one game with the Patriots. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Perhaps it wasn’t all that random. Former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria, who co-hosts a show on WEEI in Boston, said the Patriots have "kicked the tires" on Brown.

Who knows what that all means. Former players on sports-talk radio aren’t historically the most reliable sources for breaking news. Even if the Patriots were “kicking the tires,” it doesn’t mean they’re going to sign Brown. And even if they wanted to sign Brown, there are still hurdles in terms of potential NFL punishment.

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Ever since the relationship between Antonio Brown and the Raiders entered its death spiral, league insiders and observers began to ask whether the Patriots would swoop in, if/when Brown is free to be signed by another team. Per a league source, the Patriots should be regarded as a longshot

And the Patriots are still not interested in bringing back receiver Antonio Brown . None of it matters until the NFL clears Brown to return. No team has been willing to sign him since the Patriots released him, due to concerns that the league would place him on paid leave while it finalizes an investigation

Still, it’s a pretty interesting possibility, however realistic it is.

Antonio Brown played one game for New England

Brown played one game with the Patriots. He had four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown with limited snaps and not much time to learn the offense. It was a perfect match.

And then it all fell apart, like it did for Brown in Pittsburgh and Oakland. He sent some intimidating texts to a woman who accused him of sexual impropriety in a Sports Illustrated story. The Patriots cut him. Brown hasn’t resurfaced in the NFL as the league drags on its investigation.

Then, out of the blue, Brown posted an apology to Kraft.

If that was thawing the ice, Bill Belichick (predictably) wasn’t saying anything.

“You’d have to ask Robert about that,” Belichick said on Wednesday, via Patriots Wire. “I mean, every week you guys ask me about a player that’s not on our team, so every week it’s going to be the same answer.”

Brown offers unfiltered opinions on social media that seem to come out of nowhere. And people have made the mistake of believing his erratic behavior is part of some mastermind plot. But ... maybe?

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The Patriots cut Josh Gordon. Rob Gronkowski isn’t coming out of retirement. Mohamed Sanu is banged up. The Patriots offense is not operating at its normal level. If Brown’s slate was clean, they could certainly use him.

It doesn’t make much sense why the Patriots would take on all of his baggage, but it didn’t make a ton of sense back in September either. Brown was a nightmare for the Raiders, and the Patriots hate distractions. But they ignored all of that because Brown is one of the best receivers of this generation. Football-wise, he’d be exactly what the Patriots need.

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  Report: Patriots have discussed re-signing Antonio Brown Things could be coming full circle for free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown and the New England Patriots. After releasing the Pro Bowler back in September, the Patriots are reportedly discussing the possibility of re-signing Brown. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The report comes to us via former NFL player and WEEI personality Christian Fauria. Are the #Patriots looking at bringing back Antonio Brown?@christianfauria "I think they have kicked the tires…I know there have been discussions.

Antonio Brown is expected to file a grievance to recover his million signing bonus from the Patriots .John Tlumacki/Globe Staff. The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement worked against Tom Brady in Deflategate, and it worked against Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Ezekiel Elliott, and other

The Patriots ' decision to sign Antonio Brown seems doomed to fail, except for the fact that they're But the Patriots are still taking a risk. They are adding a volatile force to a harmonious locker room. But Brown ’s actions suggest that what he really means is that he believes he is bigger than football

It’s still hard to believe. The same reasons the Patriots cut him in September still apply. The NFL met with Brown last week, but hasn’t said he won’t be punished. Nothing has really changed since Brown was cut, other than the Patriots’ need for a big-time receiver has grown.

The Patriots can surprise us at times. And they’ll make bold moves other teams aren’t willing to try. It seems impossible that Brown would be back on the Patriots, but stay tuned.

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