The two most interesting free agent wide receivers remain connected to the Seattle Seahawks.
Antonio Brown was suspended eight games by the NFL on July 31st. Instead of shutting the door on a 2020 return, it has come with renewed speculation, even comments from coach Pete Carroll himself. If Brown signs soon he could practice with a team before the suspension kicks in, so it’s actually not any more foolish for a team to grab him now than wait until the suspension is over.
If Antonio Brown is signed before the start of the 2020 season, he would be eligible to participate in his club's preseason activities. Brown's suspension would take effect as of final roster reduction on September 5. He would be eligible to return after the team's eighth game. https://t.co/6oB5M5stmc— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2020
Pete Carroll acknowledged that the Seahawks have interest in Antonio Brown.— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 3, 2020
He also said that the Seahawks are "very open" to a reunion with Josh Gordon.
The last two years have proved Brown to be as volatile as he is talented. As expected, the responses about whether the Seahawks should sign him have ranged a bit.
Seahawks signing Antonio Brown would be a nightmare for the Seahawks* https://t.co/PBG9hBuYd0— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) August 1, 2020
Meanwhile, the other All-Pro receiver remains available and highly intriguing. Josh Gordon has also had a troubled career, though for different reasons. While Seattle has no concrete knowledge whether Gordon will be reinstated, many fans are holding out hope.
Gordon himself, has been very vocal about his desire to return, and highly involved in the social media presence of the Seahawks organization.
Gordon is “flash” for those unaware. He’s been working out in Seattle for much of the offseason, and he can be found occasionally commenting on the pages and posts of various Seattle athletes and media outlets.
Carroll has been very Carroll-esque in his positive affirmation of both scenarios, but his praise of Gordon does seem to be higher than that of Brown.
The Seahawks have a pair of roster spots available at the moment, and a strong third wide receiver would make this offense one of the more ridiculous ones on paper.
There’s also that question of roughly $15 million in cap space that they seem intent on spending on someone other than Jadeveon Clowney.