A recent report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter indicated that the Seattle Seahawks were among the teams in on suspended free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown. It now looks like their best player, leading NFL MVP candidate Russell Wilson, supports a signing.
Wilson talked about the embattled Brown during Thursday’s media availability with reporters ahead of Seattle’s Week 7 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He had some interesting things to say about Antonio Brown.
Russell Wilson endorses Seahawks signing Antonio Brown
“Most of the conversations I’ve had with most his former teammates and stuff like that said that he worked hard every day,” Russell Wilson said of Antonio Brown, via NBC Sports. “He came ready and I think he had a bad year or two there that didn’t go the way you want it to. I think that with our culture and how our culture is, with Coach Carroll, with the teammates that we have, the men that we have and the growth, I think, if he does play football, I think this is a great place. If he does play again, I think this is a place that he’ll grow a lot as a man as well.”
Wilson also noted that he’s had conversations with Antonio Brown’s former teammates with the Pittsburgh Steelers, then-Las Vegas Raiders and New England Patriots.
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Russell Wilson seems to be talking more about the perceived culture of professionalism in the Pacific Northwest. That’s interesting given Antonio Brown’s short tenure with the dynastic Patriots.
Will Antonio Brown sign with an NFL team this season?
If it were up to Brown, he’d sign with a team shortly after his eight-game NFL-mandated suspension comes to a conclusion. However, there’s a lot more to look at here. Primarily, Antonio Brown’s off-field issues.
In addition to a rift with former Steelers teammate Ben Roethlisberger, Brown is facing sexual assault allegations by his former trainer. That expedited Antonio Brown’s departure from New England.
As for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, they have not in the past been against bringing on volatile personalities. Frank Clark and Josh Gordon come to mind first.
A seven-time Pro Bowler, Antonio Brown was once among the top receivers in modern NFL history. If his head is screwed on right and the veteran is in good shape, it would not be a surprise if the Seahawks signed him here soon.
Russell Wilson’s endorsement adds another layer to this.