Report: Seahawks have had ‘internal discussions’ about signing Antonio Brown

Report: Seahawks have had ‘internal discussions’ about signing Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks have had internal discussions about signing free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown, according to Michael Silver and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

“He’s an exceptional talent. He’s been reasonably quiet on social media lately, so teams are sniffing around,” Silver said on NFL Now Tuesday. “I would keep an eye on the Seattle Seahawks.”

Silver said Brown has done some workouts this offseason with current Seahawks backup quarterback Geno Smith.

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“They are absolutely interested in having him potentially as a late-season addition… assuming there’s a suspension,” Silver said.

Silver also mentioned the Baltimore Ravens as a potential landing spot for Brown.

Earlier this month, Brown pleaded no contest to burglary and battery charges stemming from a January incident in Florida.

Brown appeared in only one NFL game last season with the New England Patriots and is facing off-the-field issues that could result in a suspension.

According to NFL.com, the league is still investigating civil allegations of sexual assault and rape against Brown along with alleged intimidating text messages sent to a woman who has accused him of making unwanted sexual advances toward her.

Brown was one of the most dominant players of 2010s while with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

From 2010 to 2018 in Pittsburgh, Brown recorded 837 catches for 11,207 yards and 74 receiving touchdowns. He was named to seven Pro Bowls and was voted first team All-Pro four times.

Following the 2018 season, Brown requested a trade from the Steelers and was sent to the Oakland Raiders.

However, after a slew of distractions on and off the field, he was released by the Raiders before ever appearing in a regular-season game.

He then immediately signed with the Patriots and caught a touchdown in the team’s week 2 win over his hometown Miami Dolphins. Less than two weeks after signing with New England, and after the allegations of the intimidating text messages, Brown was released.

The Seahawks have continued to add competition to their wide receiver room throughout the offseason. They signed free agent receiver Phillip Dorsett, also from the Patriots, and drafted wide receivers Freddie Swain and Stephen Sullivan late in the 2020 NFL Draft.