Is Antonio Brown plotting a return to the NFL before season's end?
The free-agent wide receiver hasn't shut the door on a postseason comeback, previously indicating that his injured right ankle had healed enough to the point where he could probably play at less than full strength.
In the meantime, since his release by the Bucs earlier this month, Brown has been keeping busy with his fledgling music career. But according to a new report, he's still insisting that his gridiron days aren't over, and he even claims to have received calls from potential suitors since his fraught exit from Tampa.
“I’m a football player, man," the four-time All-Pro told Complex magazine. "I’m a professional athlete. Let’s not get that twisted. That’s my main thing. A couple teams called."
After going unsigned for the Divisional Playoffs, the best Brown could hope for is a return for a conference championship game and, potentially, the Super Bowl.
Given the nature and relative recency of his breakup with the Bucs, it's hard to envision a title contender adding a strong presence like Brown, but it only takes one injury or ill-timed Covid case to set a team scrambling.
Brown expressed a degree of remorse in the Complex interview, conceding he should have handled his infamous mid-game exit from Tampa Bay's sideline differently.
“I could have handled my emotions better from walking off the field and making a distraction, but in that moment, I just didn’t want to be a part of it no more."
Brown has previously suggested he felt he was being pressured to play with a fairly significant ankle injury which he claims will require surgery in the offseason. He was also unhappy with his one-year, "prove it" contract after seeing a target share commensurate with a No. 1 wide receiver.