Free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown has been suspended eight games by the NFL, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero. The Washington Post’s Robert Klemko adds that the suspension, which was made under the league’s personal conduct policy, will begin whenever Brown signs with a new team.
Free-agent receiver Antonio Brown is being suspended eight games, source said.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 31, 2020
Pelissero adds the Antonio Brown will be suspended Week 1 regardless of whether or not he’s on a roster, and the suspension could be extended further depending on how his civil suit in Florida plays out.
Although Brown recently announced his retirement once again, he has followed through on his efforts to get reinstated by the NFL. Now that he is in the midst of moving past his legal troubles off the field, teams now have an idea of what the 2020 NFL season will look like for him.
There has been plenty of speculation regarding potential landing spots for the five-time All-Pro. While there was some initial uncertainty surrounding his future in the NFL, Brown never let up in his conditioning throughout the prolonged hiatus. As a result, rumors have begun to swirl about the Baltimore Ravens’ interest in him after he worked out with quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Jackson has since added some fuel to the fire by expressing his interest in the Ravens signing Brown for the 2020 campaign. The prospect of forming a tandem with his cousin and wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown in the passing game would certainly generate plenty of hype.
Of course, there is still an element of high risk involved with giving Brown an opportunity due to his recent track record. Regardless, he could still generate some interest from playoff teams looking to boost their receiving corps for the second half of the season.