Antonio Brown promised to deliver “the best season” of his career after the wide receiver learned he would be suspended for the first eight games of the 2020 NFL season.
The 32-year-old finally discovered his fate on Friday when the league suspended the seven-time Pro Bowler for half of the 2020 regular season because of “multiple violations of the NFL’s personal behavior policy.” Brown had been the subject of an NFL investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct and an incident in January in which the recipient had no objection to break-in and battery charging.
He has remained unsigned since last September, when he was cut down by the patriots after only one game was previously released by the Raiders, for whom he never down before being released amid a slew of off-field incidents.
Despite announcing his retirement earlier this month, and at various times during the off-season, Brown said on Instagram that he expects to play in 2020.
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“I’m looking forward to a new beginning,” Brown wrote. “I want to be the best version of myself both on and off the pitch, and I will do my best to be a great teammate. I appreciate the NFL giving me the opportunity to keep working and improving myself I am grateful and grateful for this opportunity to play a game I really love and look forward to joining a new team soon Thank you to my family and everyone who supported me I will be the fans show my appreciation for this second chance through the best season of my career. “
Brown signed the post with the hashtag “# AB2.0.”
After competing with the Steelers in 2010, Brown has amassed 11,263 receiving yards and captured 75 touchdowns in his career.
Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson lobbied for Brown this week to return to the AFC North and join the quarterback at the Ravens, where his cousin, Marquise Brown, is currently playing.