Texans’ level of interest in Antonio Brown revealed
After reports stated that the Texans were among the teams interested in the 32-year old wideout, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle stated these claims weren’t true.
The Texans have no interest in Antonio Brown.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) September 25, 2020
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler earlier reported that Houston is at least “poking around” regarding the possibility of signing Brown, who hasn’t played since being released by the New England Patriots in September last year. Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler with the Pittsburgh Steelers, played just one game with the Patriots, finishing with four catches, 56 yards, and a touchdown. His move to the Patriots was preceded by a chaotic departure from the Steelers and a brief detour to the then-Oakland Raiders, a team that he never actually played for.
The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, meanwhile, reported that Texans head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien did not rule out the possibility of signing Brown.
Bill O'Brien asked about free agent Antonio Brown 'I would never discuss anything in that regard. Right now, we're very satisfied with what we have. You never say never to anything. I don't anticipate anything whether that player or any other player'
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 25, 2020
The Texans could use someone of Brown’s talents. Houston fell to 0-2 on the season after back-to-back losses to defending champion Kansas City and the Baltimore Ravens. The team’s offense in particular has struggled without wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was surprisingly traded to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson, a 2020 second round draft pick, and a 2021 fourth round pick.
However, any team that signs Brown will have to wait for him to play, as he’s currently in the midst of serving an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The star wideout has also been the subject of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and rape, which could result in more suspensions.