Star free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown will officially be eligible to sign with any team and return to the field in two weeks.
Brown was suspended for the first games of the 2020 season. He is still in the midst of the legal process for sexual assault allegations from this past offseason, but will be permitted to take the field after the suspension runs its course (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk):
Antonio Brown will be eligible to practice and play in only two weeks.
Punished with an eight-game suspension for multiple off-field issues but not entirely cleared for a sexual assault/rape lawsuit filed against him last year, Brown must sit out eight weeks (or, if signed by a team, eight games, which depending on bye weeks could be nine weeks).
If unsigned two weeks from now, Brown can ink a contract and immediately join a team.
It’s unclear whether and to what extent he’ll generate interest. The fact that he can already be signed but remains available suggests that the wait may continue beyond November 2.
The former All-Pro worked out with a number of pros in the offseason, from reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson to Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins. However, Brown has yet to find a team.
As Florio indicated, it remains to be seen whether Brown will find a way back to the league, even when his suspension is up.
Antonio Brown had a tumultuous 2019, essentially forcing a trade from the Raiders and getting cut by the New England Patriots due to a number of off-field issues.
The former Pittsburgh Steelers star has been on record about his desire to who personal growth and get back to playing football.
The NFL has reached its decision to suspend my client Antonio Brown @AB84 for 8 games. Antonio accepts this decision and will not appeal. He is excited to resume his outstanding football career and is looking forward to playing in the 2020 season.
— Ed Wasielewski (@ed_waz) July 31, 2020
Brown will soon have the opportunity to resume his career if he happens to find a team with interest.
Any number of teams could make inquiries, though there is also the chance Brown remains unsigned through the remainder of the season.