The continuing dilemma of free-agent vast receiver Antonio Brown has taken a brand new twist. Brown labored out for the Saints final yr however was in the end not added.
The NFL introduced Friday that Brown, who has been investigated after a number of allegations of crimes like sexual assault and battery, might be suspended for the primary half of the upcoming season. This shouldn’t come as a shocker for Saints’ followers.
Brown violated the league’s private conduct coverage, and won’t be suiting up for an NFL group for not less than the primary eight video games of 2020.
NFL Community’s Tom Pelissero mentioned Brown’s eight-game suspension will begin in Week 1, even when he isn’t signed by a group through the first half of the soccer season.
Nonetheless, Pelissero mentioned that punishment might prolong itself relying on the outcomes from Brown’s civil go well with in Florida.
In an official letter from the league workplace, NFL Particular Counsel for Conduct Todd Jones mentioned Brown is eligible to play in 2020 and may very well be concerned in a group’s preseason drills however can not see the sphere till his group’s ninth recreation of the yr.
For the New Orleans Saints, the group is aware of that this season is virtually the group’s last shot at a Tremendous Bowl. Quarterback Drew Brees might have signed a two-year, $50 million contract within the offseason, however 2020 may very well be his last yr.
New Orleans is all-in on equipping the ballclub for a championship run, like signing a well-known face in security Malcolm Jenkins.
It additionally added a key piece like vast receiver Emmanuel Sanders and prolonged contracts of gamers like cornerback Janoris Jenkins and defensive deal with David Onyemata to stack the membership’s expertise in its favor.
Despite the fact that the group had experimented with the thought of signing Brown late within the 2019 season, it backfired as Brown thought it was a “publicity stunt,” and that the Saints had been by no means going to signal him.
Properly, something is feasible within the NFL, even the considered the Saints making an attempt to accumulate free-agent defensive finish Jadeveon Clowney.
Clowney had pushed potential suitors away due to his contract calls for of round $17 million per yr, however lately had thought of signing with the Saints on a less expensive, “prove-it” deal to try to win a hoop and enhance his free-agency inventory for 2021.
It will be an extended shot for New Orleans to signal Clowney, Brown or each for a number of causes.
One, it might be troublesome for these gamers to suit underneath the Saints’ present wage cap area of $8.7 million, in line with Over the Cap.
For a participant like Brown, if the Saints needed him for the ultimate a part of the season, he must signal a contract just like what vast receiver Dez Bryant signed in 2018, of lower than $2 million.
Clowney, however, must work with New Orleans to compromise and commerce a profitable contract for the prospect at a Tremendous Bowl, all whereas becoming underneath the group’s wage cap.
With Brown, one other difficulty that may come up is his relationship with former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Emmanuel Sanders.
The vast receivers clashed at one another in January 2019, earlier than Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders, on Twitter about their time along with the Steelers. The story will be seen right here.
In a perfect world, the Saints would discover a option to have each of those doable free-agent acquisitions assist put them on prime of the soccer world in Tremendous Bowl LV.
However realistically, Brown finds himself in a troublesome, however not not possible, place to return to the sport.
Time will inform what normal supervisor Mickey Loomis has up his sleeves for 2020.