Antonio Brown rumors: Russell Wilson pushing Seahawks to sign troubled former Patriots receiver (report)

 masslive.com  05/22/2020 21:52:26   Matt Vautour | mvautour@masslive.com

The Seattle Seahawks could be looking at another former New England Patriots pass catcher.

According to ESPN 710 Seattles John Clayton, Seahawk franchise quarterback Russell Wilson is pushing for Seattle to sign Antonio Brown in hopes of improving the Seahawk offense in a tough NFC West. Clayton wrote:

According to sources, Wilson would love to add Antonio Brown. Brown is also close with backup QB Geno Smith, whose one-year contract with the Seahawks was finalized Wednesday.

Brown, the talented but controversial longtime Pittsburgh Steeler and short-time Oakland Raider, played one game for the Patriots in 2019, before two accusations of sexual assault led to New England eventually giving him his release.

The Seahawks are familiar with Patriots castoffs. They had Josh Gordon (seven catches for 139 yards) four four games before the Gordon failed another drug test. New England could have used Jacob Hollister, who they sent to Seattle for a seventh round pick. While the Patriots were thin at tight end, Hollister made 41 catches for 349 yards and three touchdowns.

Phillip Dorsett, who spent three years in New England, signed with Seattle during the offseason.

Antonio Browns on-field resume is notable. The former sixth round pick rose to stardom and has 841 career catches for 11,263 yards and 75 career touchdowns. Despite being just 5-foot-10 with unremarkable speed, Brown has made a career out of elite route running and getting open.

But after alienating teammates and coaches and Pittsburgh, he joined the Raiders, where his bizarre and disruptive behavior caused Oakland to release him.

He joined the Patriots where he and Tom Brady quickly developed a rapport. He had four catches for 56 yards and touchdown in his only game in New England before being released when his off the field issues became public.

He still counts $4.5 million against the Patriots 2020 salary cap.

If Brown signs anywhere, he might not play for a while. The combination of the two sexual assault charges and one assault charge in January, means Brown could be facing a lengthy personal conduct penalty from the NFL upon his return.

During Tom Bradys free agency, there were rumors that Brown would sign wherever Brady did, but Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians, quickly dismissed that rumor.

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