Looks like you finally can drop Antonio Brown from your rosters, fantasy football nerds.
The star receiver is not expected to return to the NFL this season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday, citing sources. Brown hasn’t played since he was released by the New England Patriots in September.
The NFL continues to investigate Brown over allegations of rape and sexual misconduct, among other things. While the league reportedly is far from finishing its investigation, it is prepared to discipline the 31-year-old wideout, a variable that is dissuading teams from signing him.
From Schefter’s column:
“Brown is continuing to push for his return to the NFL, and he is scheduled to meet with the league Thursday to address the sexual assault allegations he is facing, but there are obstacles awaiting the free-agent wide receiver at every step. If Brown were to get an offer from any of the three teams that have been in contact with him, the NFL would be prepared to place him on the commissioner’s exempt list, according to sources.
“If Brown is placed on the commissioner’s exempt list, the team that signed him would have to pay him until the league’s investigation is resolved, which may not happen before the season ends. Additionally, Brown has not turned over all of the evidence the NFL has requested to gain a broader understanding of his case, according to a source.”
Schefter added that teams believe there could be “additional discipline” awaiting Brown when the NFL finishes its investigation.
Unsurprisingly, Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has a different take.
Take that for what it’s worth.