Photo Credit: Antonio Brown/Instagram
After a year of being dropped from not one but three teams, All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown just had a workout with the New Orleans Saints Friday. The announcement came after he posted the free agent waiver on his Instagram Story. He was one of six free agents working out. But given how he has both declared how much the league needed him like he was answers on the test (his words and not mine), and calling the league racist two weeks ago, issuing yet another apology to the public and having sports analysts saying he’ll never play again, this was a good step into the direction of him getting his career back together again.
The Saints didn’t sign him after the work out but their head coach Sean Payton took questions discussing his decision to have him come workout saying, “The process is something we take seriously, and it’s important relative to the makeup of the team. We’re doing our homework. I think part of that is credibility we’ve already established. There’s been a number of players that we’ve signed or drafted in years past. Some worked out, some haven’t. I had never met him before,” Payton continued, “so I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to him, just like I did with the other five players.”
Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus was present and met with the team’s brass. He said, “Antonio had a very good visit today and we will continue our discussions with the Saints.” The only catch to signing Brown is that even though there’s clear interest in signing him, whoever does so will be doing so understanding he’s likely going to be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List as punishment for his current ongoing legal issues. Brown is a lucky man and has what appears to be an extra chance that most don’t get at their career. He had been on Instagram all week half naked and now I see why. He was obviously feeling himself before his scheduled workout.
Brown had one awkward and funny moment when he met Pelicans draft pick Zion Williamson when he butchered his name on camera. He referred to him as “N.O. with Zee-on,” of which case it’s hard to tell if he really messed up for real or if this was an attempt at giving him a nickname. Welp, that’s Brown for you. We’ll be reporting on his future signing prospects and hopefully in the meantime he doesn’t attack the league any further.
AB + Zion pic.twitter.com/vRa0ohhT8C
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 27, 2019