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Drew Rosenhaus Says Antonio Brown Will Continue Talks with Saints After Workout

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIIDecember 28, 2019

MIAMI, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 23:  NFL wide reciever Antonio Brown looks on courtside during the second half between the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies at American Airlines Arena on October 23, 2019 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Antonio Brown worked out for the New Orleans Saints on Friday, and the wide receiver's agent Drew Rosenhaus is hopeful something will come from it. 

"Antonio had a very good visit today and we will continue our discussions with the Saints," Rosenhaus said in a statement (h/t Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio).

Brown has remained unsigned since the New England Patriots released him Sept. 20 amid sexual assault allegations. The 31-year-old was named in a lawsuit by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, filed in September that accused him of three instances of sexual assault, including rape.

That was followed a week later by Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko publishing a deep dive into additional accusations of sexual misconduct against Brown. Klemko later reported on threatening text messages from Brown to one of his accusers:

Robert Klemko @RobertKlemko

New tonight: Antonio Brown sent our source from Monday’s story menacing group text messages, including a picture of her children with instructions for his associates to investigate her. Her lawyer wrote the NFL calling for the intimidation to stop. https://t.co/rCTM8WSI6Z https://t.co/QtONzBf7Ig

Robert Klemko @RobertKlemko

3. She sent us screens of these new messages with the contact in her phone, so the sender showed up as “Antonio Brown” 4. We then asked her to delete AB’s contact from her phone, so the original number would display and we could verify. The number matched the 2017 IG exchange.

Robert Klemko @RobertKlemko

6. One more name jumped out: Darren Heitner, Brown’s attorney. We called Heitner, who declined comment other than to answer this question: “Did you advise your client to send those texts.” His answer: “No I did not, and you’ll notice I didn’t respond.” 7. Finally, I called AB

Robert Klemko @RobertKlemko

NFL Network confirms the texts were from Brown. https://t.co/NSIrDAybI5

The NFL has been conducting an investigation into Brown. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Adam Schefter each provided context as to how the ongoing investigation affects Brown's eligibility should the Saints or any team choose to sign him:

Jeremy Fowler @JFowlerESPN

More context on Antonio Brown’s potential NFL future...all three teams that have expressed interest made clear they would want to talk further with him after the conclusion of the NFL investigation. Anything before that is considered a non-starter.

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

NFL has not concluded its investigation of Antonio Brown; uncertain when it will. Even after it wraps, Brown still could face additional discipline. Saints bringing in Brown for due diligence, not Sunday’s game vs. Panthers. But Saints take big WR swings; see Dez Bryant last year

Saints head coach Sean Payton confirmed to reporters that Brown was one of six receivers worked out by the team Friday, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett, and per Triplett, New Orleans would "need to clarify from the league on whether Antonio Brown would be eligible to play this postseason."

Brown has displayed contradictory behavior online about a possible NFL return, tweeting he's done with the NFL or insulting former teammates only to offer a broad apology on Instagram.

When playing, Brown has established himself as one of the most dominant receivers in recent league history. The seven-time Pro Bowler played with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2010 through last season and posted seven seasons with 1,000 receiving yards or more during that time. 

Before the Patriots released him, Brown appeared in one game and recorded four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Overall, Brown has 11,263 yards and 75 touchdowns in his career.