Carroll: Seahawks ‘tuned into’ status of WR Brown
Could the undefeated Seattle Seahawks be getting even more offensive help for the NFL’s top-rated passer?
According to a Wednesday report by ESPN, Seattle is trying to add to Russell Wilson’s offensive arsenal, as it is among the teams that have expressed interest in suspended wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Brown was punished by the NFL and banned without pay for this season’s first eight games because of that the league termed “multiple violations of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy.”
With the four-time All-Pro wideout eligible to be activated by any team that signs him following Week 8, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was asked about the ESPN report and did not exactly douse rumors of interest.
“We have endeavored to be in on everything that’s going on and (general manager) John (Schneider) has done a marvelous job of always being tuned in to what’s happening,” Carroll said. “And this is no exception.
“So we’ll see what happens as we go forward, but we’re tuned into what’s happening there.”
Wilson, with his current stable of receivers, leads the NFL in both touchdown passes (19) and passer rating (129.8). He and backup quarterback Geno Smith worked out with Brown in the offseason and have remained positive about his possible addition to the club, according to ESPN.
The Seahawks (5-0), one of three remaining teams without a loss in 2020, lead the NFL in scoring at 33.8 points per game.
Brown, 32, has been a free agent since September 2019, when the New England Patriots released him after one game following allegations of sexual assault and intimidating text messages sent to an accuser. Those allegations led to an NFL’s investigation.
In June 2020, Brown was sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and enroll in a 13-week anger management course by a Florida court after pleading no contest to an assault charge unrelated to the allegations of sexual assault.
As part of the discipline, the league directed Brown to continue his counseling and treatment program.
Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, had 104 catches for 1,297 yards and a league-best 15 touchdown receptions for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018, his last full season. For his career, he has 841 receptions for 11,263 yards and 75 TDs. He has recorded seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons and has surpassed 100 catches six times in his career.
–Field Level Media