This could be an interesting barometer of whether or not Russell Wilson’s Seahawks demands are being taken seriously.
ESPN Seattle’s John Clayton recently said in an interview that Wilson is “still pushing” the Seahawks to sign Antonio Brown. The veteran receiver signed with the Buccaneers last season and scored a touchdown in the team’s Super Bowl win over the Chiefs.
Wilson had previously tried convincing the Seahawks to sign Brown, who was suspended eight games last season for multiple violations of the league’s personal-conduct policy. Brown could be suspended further, as he is being accused of sexual assault in a civil lawsuit.
Wilson has been at odds with the Seahawks this offseason, which nearly resulted in a trade to the Bears before coach Pete Carroll stepped in after Chicago made a significant offer. He publicly vented over a lack of offensive line protection, and left his future in Seattle up in the air.
The Seahawks have made a couple of additions to the offense, signing tight end Gerald Everett from the rival Rams and acquiring center Gabe Jackson from the Raiders. The team also re-signed running back Chris Carson, which earned Wilson’s approval.
“Big time! Let’s go 32!!!” Wilson tweeted.
It’s unclear how interested the Buccaneers are in bringing Brown back, though ESPN.com reported the two sides have had discussions this offseason.
“I think that with our culture and how our culture is, with Coach [Pete] Carroll, with the teammates that we have, the men that we have and the growth, I think, if he does play football, I think this is a great place,” Wilson said of Brown before he signed with the Buccaneers. “If he does play again, I think this is a place that he’ll grow a lot as a man as well.”