On Friday, the New England Patriots finally decided to part ways with Antonio Brown. The decision came shortly after the news broke about the All-Pro wide receiver allegedly sending “threatening” messages to the woman who accused him of sexual assault.
New England usually adds players with off-field issues in the past, but the front office could no longer deal with the baggage surrounding Brown.
Right now, it's hard to tell if Brown's career in the NFL is over or not. So many troubling stories have come out that put his character into question.
It's also possible that the NFL places Brown on the commissioner's exempt list if he signs with another team. That'd make him ineligible until further notice.
Antonio Brown might not have a suitor emerging at the moment, but NFL insider Mike Florio says to keep an eye out for the Washington Redskins.
Continue to keep an eye on Washington. They need as many good players as they can find, they definitely need receivers, and Brown could play as soon as Monday night against the Bears. They didn’t hesitate to claim Foster last year, who had actually been arrested for domestic violence. Brown still hasn’t been, and quite possibly won’t be, arrested for anything he has done.
Here’s another reason to watch Washington: To the extent that former P.R. chief Tony Wyllie provided a voice of reason in these matters, he’s no longer there; the team announced on Friday his decision to leave the organization to work for the Special Olympics. So if Bruce Allen and/or Dan Snyder want to embrace a man who remains one of the best receivers (and one of the best players) in the NFL, who’s to tell them they shouldn’t?
The Redskins have taken players with legal issues in the past. Last year, the front office claimed linebacker Reuben Foster on waivers despite being arrested for domestic violence.
Teams may overlook his trouble away from the gridiron just because of his talent. Washington barely has any playmakers on offense, and there's no denying that Brown would instantly help on the field.