Two years following he was final noticed in the NFL, former All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown is teasing a debut for the arena football group he lately bought. But that is not all. The longtime Steelers star is also fielding “genuine” interest from NFL teams about a possible return to the league in 2023, his agent JR Rickert tells CBS Sports.
Brown, 34, hasn’t taken the field considering the fact that storming out of the Buccaneers’ Week 17 game in 2021, when he infamously went shirtless following a dispute with Tampa Bay coaches. But the seven-time Pro Bowler lately reported to practice for the Albany Empire, the upstart National Arena League group of which he is a majority owner, and plans to “suit up” at Saturday’s house game.
It is a likelihood for Brown to jump-start off an arena franchise he’s operating alongside his father, former indoor standout Eddie Brown, although he considers his personal NFL comeback, according to Rickert.
“He is exploring the ideal match,” his agent mentioned Thursday, describing current NFL inquiries as “genuine.”
This comes a month following Brown abruptly teased an NFL comeback, even posting a image of himself in a Ravens uniform. He’d mentioned as lately as March, when he became co-owner of the Empire, that he was retired from playing.
Rickert expressed self-assurance Brown will be on an NFL roster at some point in 2023. But is the wideout critical about a return?
“I feel that he is a multi-talented person who does every thing at a higher level,” Rickert mentioned, “and what ever he commits to, he goes all in.”
Brown, who’s providing military and very first responders absolutely free admission to his apparent Empire debut on Saturday, has remained a controversial off-field figure. Considering that 2019, in among colorful departures from the Steelers, Raiders and Patriots organizations, the former All-Pro has faced various lawsuits, such as these alleging sexual misconduct and felony battery.
Asked if he’s concerned Brown could face future NFL discipline in the occasion of a return to the league, Rickert mentioned only that he’s “had a tremendously good knowledge functioning with AB, and would hope that I (can) continue to be a robust advocate and advisor.”