While Antonio Brown could return to the NFL, he is unlikely to return to the New England Patriots.
The Patriots are in need of an upgrade at wide receiver, but the issues they had with Brown's off-the-field problems appear to make it a non-starter.
“It has more to do with the fact that, when he signed initially with the Patriots, they went through the exercise of, ‘OK, is anything gonna bubble up here? We gonna have an issue with anything?'” Tom Curran said. “And they were told ‘no,’ mainly because Drew Rosenhaus was under the feeling, I think, that they had it under control. The Britney Taylor situation was not going to explode on them, yet it did.”
Taylor filed a lawsuit on September 10th.
Brown’s answer and counterclaim suggests that he was aware of potential legal entanglements with Taylor as early as March.
“The Patriots view that as not necessarily disqualifying for Drew Rosenhaus going foward,” Curran said. “He was trying to do what was best, and he thought he had it under control, but he didn’t. And that’s what’s going to possibly happen with Antonio Brown. The Patriots don’t want that grenade to go off in their hand twice.”