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Despite playing in just one game this year, Antonio Brown nonetheless managed to be a dominant theme of the 2019 NFL season. So with the season’s finale two days away, Brown popped up once more.
According to Brown’s Instagram account and multiple reports, he was in the the New Orleans Saints’ facility on Friday. He posted a photo of a workout waiver and a video from the locker room — the waiver post was removed shortly thereafter.
NFL Network reported that if Brown signed with a team, he is expected to be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. While on the list, a player cannot practice or play in games, but can attend meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation and other permitted non-football activities if permitted by the franchise.
From @gmfb: The #Saints are working out FA WR Antonio Brown today. He is not currently on the Commissioner’s Exempt list. The NFL said this season, “If he is signed by a club, such placement may become appropriate at any time depending on the status of the investigation.” pic.twitter.com/eonlQVt8no
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) 27 December 2019
It’s been an eventful 2019 for Brown. He was traded to the Oakland Raiders from the Pittsburgh Steelers in March but never appeared in a game because of feuds with the front office. He was cut and then quickly signed by the New England Patriots on Sept. 7 and, three days later, charges of sexual assault and rape wfiled against him in Florida.
The NFL has opened its own investigation and has met with the woman who filed the charges.
The suit led to a Sports Illustrated report highlighting more of his misdeeds. Brown then allegedly sent threatening text messages to one of the subjects of the report, and the Patriots cut him on Sept. 20.
Brown has been out of the league since and has given mixed signals whether he wants to return. He’s slandered Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the organization on social media, before apologizing and saying he actually does want to return to football.
The Saints are currently the No. 3 seed in the NFC and are seeking a first-round bye with a win and losses by either Green Bay or San Francisco. Pairing him with Michael Thomas at receiver would create quite the tandem for Drew Brees to target.