New England Patriots

Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL: New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown looks on during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

Antonio Brown has his issues. Both on and off the field.

But with at least one of his legal issues behind him, two teams are ‘sniffing around’ the 31-year-old free agent, the NFL Network’s Mike Silver revealed during a Tuesday appearance on NFL Now.

“I would keep an eye on the Seattle Seahawks,” Silver offered. “Antonio Brown has been doing some offseason workouts with their backup quarterback Geno Smith. They are absolutely interested in having him potentially as a late-season addition assuming there is a suspension. And the Baltimore Ravens; his cousin Marquise Brown is on that team and they have sniffed around in the past. They are mulling that over, too. So internal discussions in both of those organizations. So keep an eye on Seattle and Baltimore.”

As noted by Silver, Brown will likely find himself hit with a suspension upon signing with a team as a result of his various off-field misconducts, making Brown a Kareem Hunt-esque addition for any team that signs him. And the Seahawks and Ravens are certainly two teams that could afford such risks on the wildly unpredictable Brown. The Seahawks already have Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf as their one-two punch and added Phillip Dorsett via free agency, meaning there’s no immense pressure to get Brown back as the focal point of their offense. The Ravens, meanwhile, are coming off a 14-2 season and Brown would be a mere bonus to an offense led by the incomparable dual-threat skill-set of Lamar Jackson.

Brown really can’t be considered a lock for production, either, as he appeared in one game for the Patriots in 2019, catching four balls for 56 yards and a touchdown in a Week 2 win over Miami.

His New England run was a complete nightmare, too.

Lasting with the Patriots for all of 11 days, Brown found himself in hot water following allegations of sexual assault against his former trainer, and made things worse when he threatened a second accuser in a group chat. Following his release, Brown blasted Patriots owner Robert Kraft for his own off-field issues (Brown later apologized to Kraft and the Patriots organization), and did everything he could to try and force his way back to the Patriots via outright bizarre social media behavior, from memes to weird rationalizations of playing him while paying him.

A seven-time Pro Bowler during his nine-year run with the Steelers, Brown has totaled 841 catches, 11,263 yards, and 75 touchdowns in 131 career games between Pittsburgh and New England.

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