Antonio Brown reportedly wants to play in NFL soon, even would welcome return to Patriots

Ryan Hannable
October 12, 2019 - 11:41 am

Antonio Brown wants to return to the NFL.

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According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Brown hopes to have his playing status cleared up in the next few weeks before signing with an NFL team. The league is investigating the wide receiver following a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault and rape coming out last month, and also a Sports Illustrated story where another woman came forward and accused him of sexual misconduct.

Brown then allegedly sent threatening text messages to that woman while he was on the Patriots, and that ultimately led to his release.

The report also says Brown would wait to sign with a team until it is clear he would be allowed to play. Brown has yet to be interviewed by the NFL and there's a chance if a team signed him now he would be placed on the Commissioners' Exempt list.

While it's unlikely, he would even welcome a return to the Patriots. Tom Brady for one seems to be in favor of a potential reunion with Brown, as he continues to like and comment on Brown's Instagram posts, most recently one from Thursday.

With that being said, it would be a major shock to see Robert Kraft sign off on a return following what happened in the days following his release.

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