Antonio Brown has had a tumultuous season, to say the least. Since being traded to the Oakland Raiders from the Pittsburgh Steelers in March, Brown has been shrouded in controversy that includes his release from Oakland before ever taking the field. Following his subsequent signing with the New England Patriots, Brown was once again released after one appearance for New England due to his pending sexual assault investigation.
Now, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that there may be a suitor for Brown despite his recent troubles: the New Orleans Saints. According to the reports, Brown is currently in New Orleans and is expected to participate in a workout for the Saints. As has been previously reported and reaffirmed today by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the NFL’s current stance on Antonio Brown is that he is likely to land on the Commissioner’s exempt list pending the ongoing investigations into Brown’s conduct if he signs with an NFL team.
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown is in New Orleans this morning, working out for the Saints, per source. Saints are doing their due diligence.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 27, 2019
Important note: The NFL has made clear that if someone signs AB, he’s likely headed to the Commissioner’s Exempt list until his investigation is complete. https://t.co/Fax00YmAbV
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 27, 2019
While there is serious doubt being cast on Brown’s eligibility to return to the field, the prospect of his signing with the Saints presents the prospects of Brown forming a receiving tandem that would be unmatched throughout the NFL. If the Saints manage to sign Brown, the 7x Pro Bowler and 4x First-Team All-Pro receiver would join Michael Thomas, who now holds the distinction of having the most receptions ever tallied in a season, all at the disposal of future First Ballot Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees.
During his last season in Pittsburgh, Brown exhibited the sort of production he is capable of, amassing 15 touchdowns over the course of 15 games as well as racking up 1,297 receiving yards, a trend Sean Payton will hope Brown can continue if he finds himself in a Saints uniform.