Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has admitted that the team is indeed interested in bringing Antonio Brown to the team as the team's general manager has been closely following the situation regarding the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.
Last week -- just days after Brown urged the league to finish investigation into his conduct -- the NFL handed Brown an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Brown sought clarity and now he knows his position and it will be much easier for him and interested teams to negotiate a deal.
"What I'd say to you is what we always say because it's what we always do and who we are," Carroll said when asked about the Seahawks' rumored interest in Brown, as quoted on ESPN. "John is competing at every turn.
There's never been a process, unless we just missed it, that we weren't involved with to understand what the chances were of helping our club. He's all over it. He understands what's going on right now, as much as you can.
It's a very complex situation. We just need to see where it fits somewhere down the road. That's all I got for you." Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson worked out with Brown last month and behind the scenes he has been to his team to sign the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.
"I appreciate the NFL giving me the opportunity to continue to work on myself and improve. I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity to play a game that I truly love and I look forward to joining a new team soon," Brown said in an Instagram post.
"Thank you to my family and all those that have supported me. I will show the fans my appreciation for this second chance by having the best season of my career."
Seahawks also interested in bringing back Josh Gordon
In 2019 December, Gordon was suspended indefinitely for violations of the league's policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse.
Gordon applied for reinstatement in mid-June and he will be a free agent if the league lifts his suspension. "It's not in our hands," Carroll said. "Josh did a really good job with us last year. He fit in really well.
He was part of this team by the way we opened and embraced his coming to us but also by the way he adapted. So we are very open to that thought, and we'll see what happens. I don't know. I can't tell you what's going to happen on that."