Reports of the Seahawks making a move for Antonio Brown haven’t gone away since last September, following Brown’s release from the Patriots. At that time, Pete Carroll admitted to reporters the team checked in on Brown and did their due diligence.
Since then, the idea of Seattle being the team to bring Brown back into the league has only picked up steam. Russell Wilson spent time working out with the wide receiver and multiple reports suggested the Seahawks had held internal discussions about adding Brown. The first reporter to mention Seattle as a possibility was NFL Network’s Mike Silver, in June.
From earlier on @nflnetwork... the Seahawks and Ravens have had internal discussions about signing Antonio Brown. @MikeGarafolo pic.twitter.com/7a8tGD4ir5— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) June 23, 2020
Other reports followed and so too did a suspension for Brown, an eight-game ban handed down for a violation of the personal conduct policy, relating to a no contest plea in an assault and an accusation of sexual misconduct. The suspension could be extended, depending on the outcome of a civil suit filed against Brown for sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Brown’s murky timeline always made signing with the Seahawks unlikely, especially with Josh Gordon’s (likely) reinstatement looming. Carroll once again made it clear Seattle was open to a reunion with Gordon, telling reporters Monday the team was “very open” to the idea of re-signing the receiver upon reinstatement.
With the Seahawks’ training camp underway, it appears as though they have locked onto Gordon as the receiver to add, if any. Speaking on 710 ESPN Seattle on Thursday, Mike Silver was asked about the Seahawks’ interest in Brown:
Mike Silver on @710ESPNSeattle, whether he thinks there's a chance the #Seahawks would sign Antonio Brown:— Jessamyn McIntyre (@JessamynMcIntyr) August 6, 2020
"A couple months ago, a month ago, I thought they were pretty honed in on making that happen - and now, I don't think they are."
As Silver said, as recently as a month ago, it appeared Seattle was more-or-less locked onto Brown. Now, unable to count on him for at least the first half of the season, it seems as though they have moved on. At least for now.