Antonio Brown Rumors: Teams Concerned He'd 'Revert to Being Difficult' If Signed

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2020

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown carries his helmet during an NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots released Brown on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
Steven Senne/Associated Press

While Antonio Brown's gained clarity when the NFL announced his eight-game suspension, he remains unsigned.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported teams are hesitant to roll the dice on Brown because they fear him "being difficult" once he's back on an NFL roster.

Beyond multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault, Brown wore out his welcome with the Raiders last summer after several incidents, culminating in an altercation with general manager Mike Mayock. Brown also unleashed criticisms of the New England Patriots after his release from the team last September, most notably bringing up owner Robert Kraft's arrest for soliciting prostitution on several occasions.

The NFL suspended Brown for eight games for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Over the last year, Brown has been accused of three instances of sexual assault by former trainer Britney Taylor and one instance of sexual misconduct by another woman, who then reported receiving intimidating texts from a phone number she previously used to contact Brown.

The 32-year-old also pleaded no contest to battery and robbery charges after assaulting a delivery truck driver and had several other run-ins with Florida police.

Brown has also criticized the league, former teammates and threatened to retire on social media on a number of occasions.

Teams are not allowed to host free-agent workouts, so Brown has not been able to meet with teams during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Seattle Seahawks have expressed the most interest in Brown, with coach Pete Carroll publicly admitting the team has looked into signing him.

"What I'd say to you is what we always say because it's what we always do and who we are," Carroll told reporters. "John is competing at every turn. There's never been a process, unless we just missed it, that we weren't involved with to understand what the chances were of helping our club. He's all over it. He understands what's going on right now, as much as you can. It's a very complex situation. We just need to see where it fits somewhere down the road. That's all I got for you."

When Brown is on the field, he's one of the best receivers in NFL history. Despite missing nearly all of last season, Brown still has the most receptions in the NFL (690) over the last seven seasons. He is the only player in NFL history with six straight 100-reception seasons and would instantly improve any offense he joins.