Antonio Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus has had conversations with a "few teams that are interested" in the free-agent receiver, but teams "want information regarding his legal situation and the NFL investigation" before exploring a possible deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Schefter noted that "other people around the league" think a deal is "not likely" until the league's investigation is concluded:
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But while Antonio Brown’s agent said he had had communication “with a few teams that are interested” in his client, other people around the league believe that until the NFL’s investigation is resolved, a deal for the free-agent WR is not likely to happen. https://t.co/4KXKYNRIOw
On Monday, Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko reported a female artist had been hired in 2017 to paint a mural inside Brown's Pennsylvania home. During her second day on the job, she said that Brown "walks up to me butt-ass naked, with a hand cloth covering his [penis] and starts having a conversation with me."
She is not pursuing charges, but she was "bothered by his behavior."
Klemko revealed Thursday that the woman has since "received a group text message that appeared to come from the same phone number Brown provided to her in 2017." Her lawyer contacted the NFL following the threatening texts, and according to Klemko, the league has launched an investigation into the matter.
One day after he signed with the Patriots, Brown's former trainer Brittany Taylor filed a civil lawsuit saying the NFL star sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions. Taylor said Brown "forcibly raped her" in May 2018. Brown's lawyer, Darren Heitner, issued a statement to deny the accusations against his client, saying the two were involved in a consensual relationship.
The lawsuit did not prevent Brown from suiting up for the Patriots in Week 2. He recorded four catches for 56 yards and one touchdown in a 43-0 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
However, New England released him one day after Klemko made public the texts involving the artist, ending Brown's tenure with the club after just 11 days.
The Oakland Raiders had released the veteran on Sept. 7.
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AB’s last few months: ➖ Cryotherapy frostbite ➖ Helmet grievance ➖ Threatened retirement ➖ Posts fine on IG ➖ Yells at Mayock ➖ Posts Gruden convo ➖ Cut by Raiders ➖ Signs with Patriots ➖ Sexual assault and misconduct allegations ➖ Cut after 1 game (@brgridiron) https://t.co/lpqqrQQgO5
Brown has proved to be one of the most dynamic playmakers in NFL history, as he entered 2019 with six consecutive 1,200-yard seasons. His talent will undoubtedly have some teams exploring the possibility of signing him.
However, as Brown faces an ongoing legal situation, teams will likely want clarity before they consider adding him to their respective organizations.