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."
After pleading no contest to burglary and battery charges stemming from a January incident in Florida, Brown has been ordered to serve two years of probation and complete 100 hours of community service, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.
Per ESPN's Cameron Wolfe, Brown has also been instructed to undergo a mandatory psychological evaluation and attend a 13-week anger management program as part of his plea. Brown, who has been out of the NFL since the Patriots released him last September, hopes to return to the league in 2020, but at this time his status remains under review.
The state of Florida has issued three formal charges to Brown stemming from January's alleged assault of a delivery truck driver, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. He was charged with felony burglary conveyance, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
This begins what is expected to be a rather lengthy legal process. The NFL is expected to review the findings and provide its own discipline should Brown ultimately continue his NFL career.
Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Brown wouldn't be a fit with the team, ESPN.com's Jenna Laine reports.
Tom Brady reportedly had interest in bringing Brown to his next NFL stop, but Arians was quick to shut down the rumors, noting that he knows the wide receiver (from their time together in Pittsburgh) and doesn't think he'd be a good fit in the Bucs' locker room. It isn't even clear that Brown will be allowed to play in the NFL in 2020, due to his recent track record of off-field problems, per Chris Cwik of Yahoo Sports. The 31-year-old wide receiver made one appearance for the Patriots in 2019.
Brown was granted bail at his hearing Friday morning and had his bond set at $110,000 for three charges, including felony burglary with battery. He will be monitored via GPS, must go through drug/alcohol testing, and undergo a mental health evaluation, ESPN.com reports.
Brown and his trainer, Glenn Holt, were both arrested this week stemming from an incident with the driver of a moving truck at Brown's home in Hollywood, Fla. According to Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com, a lengthy process is expected given the severity of the charges.
The Hollywood (Fla.) Police Department issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Brown on charges of felony burglary with battery, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
The incident occurred at Brown's home in Hollywood on Tuesday and involved the driver of a moving truck he hired. Brown's trainer, Glenn Holt, was previously arrested on Tuesday on the same charge for his role in the incident.
A police spokesman confirmed Brown is a suspect in connection with an alleged battery incident that occurred Tuesday at his home in Hollywood, Fla., ESPN.com reports.
An investigation into the matter remains ongoing, and police have relayed that the case doesn't involve a domestic dispute. Brown hasn't been arrested or charged as a result of the incident at this point.
Brown will work out for the Saints on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The four-time All-Pro has been a free agent since being released by the Patriots after Week 2 and has suggested -- among other things -- over the past three months that he's moved on from the NFL, but his meeting with the Saints suggests otherwise. Michael Thomas (hand) established the single-season reception record (145) in last week's win over the Titans, but the Saints haven't received much meaningful production from the rest of their wide-receiver group and may view Brown as a worthy gamble. Brown was let go by New England after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relays that the league would likely place the 31-year-old on the Commissioner's Exempt list if he signed with a team, at least until an investigation into the allegations is completed. With that said, New Orleans is most likely evaluating Brown for a spot on the 2020 roster rather than potentially looking to him to make an impact this January in the playoffs.
Brown is unlikely to play again during the 2019 season, Adam Schefter reports.
Brown dominated the headlines from Week 17 of last season through the first three weeks of the current campaign. Since that point, he's remained unemployed as he attempts to recoup guaranteed portions of his contracts from both the Raiders and Patriots. On top of that situation, he's facing allegations of sexual misconduct, for which he'll meet with the NFL on Thursday. If he inks another deal with a team before the end of the year, the league likely will place Brown on the commissioner's exempt list while continuing its investigation, which would make it difficult for the wide receiver to suit up once more this season.
Brown's grievance to recoup a portion of his $30 million guaranteed in salary from the Raiders lost some momentum after Oakland revealed the receiver sent text messages to team owner Mark Davis requesting his release, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.
The Raiders ultimately granted Brown's request for a release Sept. 7 and proceeded to void the guaranteed money due to him on his three-year, $50 million deal. Brown's text messages to Davis don't necessarily spell an end to his efforts to recoup guaranteed money, but he may have a better case for regaining the $9 million he was owed from the Patriots before New England released him less than two weeks after signing him. Despite his abbreviated, drama-filled stints with two clubs this season, Brown is reportedly still generating interest from teams and could end up playing at some point in the second half of 2019, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
Brown announced Sunday via his personal Twitter account that he doesn't intend to return to the NFL. "Will not be playing in the NFL anymore these owners can cancel deals do whatever they want at anytime we will see if the NFLPA hold them accountable," Brown wrote.
As Tom Pelissero of NFL Network suggests, Brown's comments seemingly imply that the Patriots -- who released him Friday -- aren't planning on paying the receiver his $9 million signing bonus, nor the nearly $1 million remaining on his base salary. The seven-time Pro Bowler could certainly change his mind and revisit a return to the NFL, but his future remains clouded in any case while the league continues to investigate a sexual assault allegation levied against him earlier this month. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Saturday that "a few teams" had expressed interest in his client following his release from New England, but noted that no deal was expected to happen until the NFL's investigation was resolved.
Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told Adam Schefter of ESPN on Saturday that "a few teams" have communicated interest in the receiver and "want information regarding his legal situation and the NFL investigation" before entertaining signing him.
The seven-time Pro Bowler was officially released by the Patriots on Friday, one day after the attorney for an artist who levied an allegation of sexual misconduct against the receiver informed the NFL that her client received threatening text messages from Brown. The wideout is also facing another accusation of sexual assault from a former trainer, who met with the NFL on Monday. Given Brown's pending legal trouble and rocky tenure with the Raiders earlier in the offseason, Schefter -- citing a source -- suggests that any deal for the embattled receiver isn't likely to come until the league's investigation is resolved. Beyond releasing a statement Friday indicating that Brown won't be placed on the Commissioner's exempt list while he remains an unrestricted free agent, the NFL hasn't provided a timeline for when its investigation will conclude.
The Patriots released Brown on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Brown's stint with the team lasted just one game. With lingering off-field issues, it remains to be seen if the wideout catches on with another team any time soon. The Patriots will now move on with a wide receiver corps headed by Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett.
Brown was present for Friday's practice, Andrew Callahan of The Springfield Republican reports.
Another off-the-field incident involving Brown surfaced Friday, and it has the potential to affect his status long term. For now, though, Brown is practicing like he usually would do when healthy, and seemingly remains in the Patriots' plans for Week 3.
Brown used his first media session as a member of the Patriots to reiterate that his focus is solely on football, Frank Schwab of AOL.com reports. He remains eligible to play.
"I appreciate that question. I'm just here to focus on ball," Brown reiterated when asked about whether he had heard anything from the league. With allegations swirling around him, Brown is finally keeping his focus on the field after a tumultuous offseason that saw him released from the Raiders and picked up by New England.
Brown hauled in four of his eight targets for 56 yards and a TD and ran once for five yards in Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins.
In his first game with the Patriots since officially signing Monday, Brown led the team both in targets and receiving yardage, despite having his snaps managed in Week 2. As long as he's available to the team, we'd expect his workload to increase in the coming weeks, though going forward Brown's legal situation will be something to monitor.
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