The Antonio Brown saga continued on Divisional Weekend. The embattled receiver decided to once again try to steal NFL headlines by dropping a music video about the Saints’ workout of him and several other receivers towards the end of the season.
The video starts with audio — ostensibly from his agent Drew Rosenhaus — talking about how a team (presumably the Saints) wants to talk to Brown as they prepare for a potential Super Bowl run. Throughout the audio, Brown is walking through his house prepping.
Then the audio starts with “I just got home from the N.O.,” and Brown raps about his experience.
It isn’t a jump to think this is why Brown wanted his video and camera crew to accompany him to the workout, and it isn’t a jump to think this is why the Saints didn’t want them to. Rosenhaus’ audio concludes by saying “they wanna meet with you and make sure it’s not gonna be [sic] a distraction or an issue, and they wanna see where your head’s at. If the meeting goes well, yeah, they wanna sign you.”
The conclusion? Definitely a distraction. The video was tweeted by Dov Kleiman at 4:35 p.m. EST, literally exactly when Vikings vs. 49ers started, so it’s clear what Brown is trying to do: Continue to control the narrative and make the NFL the Antonio Brown show. If he continues antics like this, it’s difficult to imagine Brown playing on a team come next season, as teams are becoming increasingly risk-averse when it comes of off-the-field distractions.
Antonio Brown was not the only receiver brought in by New Orleans for a free agent tryout. There were six receivers in total, including Brown, plus a couple of familiar faces, one of which might not make many Saints fans happy:
The list of WRs who worked out for the Saints today: Antonio Brown, Maurice Harris, former Saints Tommylee Lewis and Travin Dural, Reggie Begelton and Tim White.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) December 27, 2019
If you’ve been living under a rock the past two years, Lewis was the receiver on the play where Nickell Robey-Coleman of the Los Angeles Rams committed obvious pass interference that went uncalled in last year’s NFC Championship Game.
Lewis signed with the Detroit Lions this offseason, but was released before the regular season began. He was then selected by the Dallas Renegades of the XFL in the fifth round of the XFL’s inaugural draft.
Sean Payton came out in his press conference and said the team does not intend to sign Brown at this time and is instead waiting to hear back from the NFL regarding Brown’s potential playing status this year.
Are the Saints signing Antonio Brown?— Amie Just (@Amie_Just) December 27, 2019
"Not now," Sean Payton said. pic.twitter.com/e6TmEfmrmw
Of note, Payton also said that he openly lied to the media earlier this season when saying the team wasn’t interested in signing Brown, so take anything he’s saying now with a huge grain of salt.
The New Orleans Saints could use another wide receiver opposite Michael Thomas, and it looks like they’re still considering their options, even this late into the season. None other than Antonio Brown is confirmed headed to New Orleans for a free agent workout.
It’s unclear at this time if Brown is signed by the Saints, or any team, whether Brown is able to play again in 2019 - or even 2020. See this added point from Rapoport:
Important note: The NFL has made clear that if someone signs AB, he’s likely headed to the Commissioner’s Exempt list until his investigation is complete. https://t.co/Fax00YmAbV— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 27, 2019
Brown has already removed the image of the waiver from his Instagram story, so it’s possible he is already upsetting Sean Payton and the Saints front office before the opportunity to sign a contract.
AB would without question be a huge upgrade to the Saints offense if he’s able to play, but that’s a big “if.”
For what it’s worth, Dez Bryant is still a free agent as well and as has openly discussed a desire to workout for New Orleans as well.