Earlier this week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that WR Antonio Brown was expected to draw serious interest from the Seattle Seahawks and potentially other teams upon becoming eligible to return to NFL action after Week 8.
With Antonio Brown’s suspension eligible to end after week 8, the Seattle Seahawks are now positioned to make a push to sign him, though they’re not alone, league sources tell ESPN. Other teams also are interested. pic.twitter.com/ykn1NJ6LUm— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 21, 2020
The “not alone” part of this tweet is key, as it sparked rekindled speculation that the Ravens might be one of the teams that also pursues Brown. However, on Thursday morning, Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that Baltimore isn’t expected to be involved in the sweepstakes:
Per my understanding, it doesn't look like the #Ravens are going to be in on bringing in WR Antonio Brown, at this time, I'm told, however keep an eye on WR Dez Bryant potentially joining Baltimore's practice squad.— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) October 22, 2020
Rumors surrounding Brown and the Ravens began circulating earlier this offseason, thanks in large part due to videos on social media of “AB” working out with his cousin, Marquise Brown, and Lamar Jackson in Florida. Jackson himself seemed implored by the idea of the Ravens bringing Antonio onto the roster when asked about the idea by the media.
However, given the Ravens track record, it was always a longshot that they would bring in a player with Brown’s background. Brown’s NFL future has been up in the air for the better part of the past two years as the former All-Pro wideout has dealt with issues off the field.
As we saw during the end of his tenure with the Steelers, as well as his brief stints with the Raiders and Patriots in 2019, Brown is about as volatile as any player in the league. Still, it was an interesting proposition given his esteemed statistical production.
The Ravens seemingly are content with kicking the tires on AB, though, and have already begun exploring other options. In fact, they just added another veteran wideout whose looking to make a return to the NFL — Dez Bryant — to the practice squad.