Are the Saints Serious About Signing Former All-Pro WR Antonio Brown?

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The New Orleans Saints, who are (12-3) and finish their 2019 Regular Season schedule this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina against their NFC South Division rivals the Carolina Panthers, might have some additional help for the upcoming NFL Playoffs in a week and a half from now, from a most unlikely source: controversial former All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Per his Instagram account and initially reported by the Athletic New beat writer Katherine Terrell and later confirmed by ESPN Insider Adam Schefter per Twitter, the much-maligned but still ultra-talented pass-catcher extraordinaire signed an official waiver form with the Black and Gold earlier this morning that allowed the 31-year old to work out and possibly join the team if he passed a physical.

Brown — the four-time NFL 1st Team All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl selection who in recent seasons has led the entire League in total catches, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions would be a HUGE ADDITION to the team’s high-powered offense that already features the NFL’s current leading #1 wide receiver in Michael Thomas.

In nine NFL seasons, Brown has tallied over 11,000 receiving yards and 75 TDs. It’s unclear if the Saints will be able to navigate the lingering legal issues that Brown still faces, and how that would ultimately will affect Brown’s status with the Saints franchise in the future going forward.

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But this much is evident: Brown in the Saints offense with Brees, Thomas, Kamara, and Jared Cook, will make the Black and Gold HEAVY FAVORITES to reach Super Bowl LIV (54), which will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on February 2nd of early next year.

As reported by Insider Ian Rapoport: Brown currently is NOT on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell‘s player exemption list. The NFL said this season, “If he is signed by a club, such placement may become appropriate at any time depending on the status of the investigation.”

So in other words: the League has a decision to make on whether or not Brown will or won’t be eligible to play for the Saints not only for the upcoming Playoffs, but if at all period.

Saints head coach Sean Payton later told reporters after Brown’s workout that the team would need to get clarity from the League as to whether or not Brown would be eligible to play in the post-season if they were indeed to sign the controversial superstar to a contract.

But that for the immediate time being, Brown was one of six WR’s that the team worked out in case of injuries or for depth purposes. “We worked them out. Gave them physicals. Mainly doing our due diligence on all of those players”, Payton said at his post-afternoon Friday press conference.

Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who was in NOLA earlier today and accompanied Brown on his work-out with the team, told ESPN’s Schefter that “Antonio had a very good visit today and we will continue our discussions with the Saints”.

Is that an indication that Brown could end up wearing the Black and Gold at some point, after all???

Big Easy Magazine will update this story further, as warranted……

Barry Hirstius is a semi-retired journalist, who has worked as a sports editor and columnist. Barry is a New Orleans native who grew up as a fan of the Saints while attending games as a young boy at the old Tulane Stadium. He is the proud Grandfather of two beautiful young girls, Jasmine and Serenity. Follow him on Twitter: @BarryHirstius

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