Antonio Brown is hoping to return to the NFL this season after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list last year. If signed since he's currently a free agent, he will have to serve an eight-game suspension for violating the league's personal-conduct policy. He is only worth drafting with a late-round pick in deep Fantasy leagues, and he is worth holding in Dynasty formats, even though he's 32. It was a downward spiral for Brown in 2019 after he was traded from Pittsburgh to Oakland. A strange saga ensued there, and the Raiders released him prior to the season. He signed with New England, where he caught a touchdown from Tom Brady, but his season ended after Week 2 when the Patriots released him. He was then placed on the commissioner's list. In the right scenario, Brown could still be Fantasy relevant once his suspension ends. But in most standard Fantasy formats it will be hard to carry Brown on your roster while he's out for the first eight games.
The NFL has suspended Brown eight games for violating the personal conduct policy, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. According to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, Brown's suspension will begin Sept. 5 and run through Week 8 of the regular season or his team's eighth game (assuming he signs with a team). He should be able to participate in training camp if he signs within the next couple weeks.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes Brown isn't eligible to sign with an NFL team at the moment, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Harbaugh was responding to media inquiries after Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said he thought Brown would be a good fit in the Baltimore locker room. Brown's history of contentious relationships with teammates might seem to suggest otherwise, but the real issue is an ongoing investigation into a series of off-field incidents from the past year. Brown likely will be suspended once the NFL concludes its investigation.
Brown and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson are interested in playing together, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Garafolo reports other star quarterbacks -- including Tom Brady, Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson -- are hoping their teams will sign the veteran wideout. Previous reports suggested the Buccaneers and Ravens weren't likely to sign Brown, but Seattle could be a fit. Garafolo believes the Seahawks aren't likely to sign Brown until the NFL completes its investigation into his series of off-field incidents. A suspension is widely expected, potentially costing him half the season or more. Brown will turn 32 on July 10.
Brown isn't likely to sign with the Ravens, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. Anderson says the Ravens haven't had earnest discussions about the possibility of signing the veteran wideout. NFL Network's Michael Silver had recently mentioned Seattle and Baltimore as potential destinations for Brown, who likely will face a lengthy suspension for off-field conduct if he ends up signing with an NFL team.
Per NFL Network's Michael Silver, the Seahawks and Ravens are reportedly having internal discussions about potentially adding Brown at some point down the road, NFL.com reports. For the time being, however, Brown, who was released by the Patriots last September, is under investigation by the NFL for his off-field conduct and could potentially face league discipline. With that in mind, Silver speculates that Brown may be facing a suspension of "about half a season."
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