Antonio Brown Patriots Rumors Swirl After NFL Star Shares Cryptic Post

The NFL season may be only two months away, but Antonio Brown has seemingly not given up hopes of returning to football.

On Wednesday, the star wideout shared a picture of him wearing the New England Patriots uniform, the latest entry in an ever-growing folder of cryptic social media posts Brown has shared as he looks to find a way back into the NFL.

Aside from a siren emoji, the receiver did not add a caption to the picture to elaborate on his feelings. While guessing Brown's intentions is a difficult exercise at the best of times, the picture was interpreted as yet another indication the former Central Michigan alumnus aims to return to professional football after his personal life descended into chaos last season.

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Brown's nine-year spell with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the franchise that had drafted him in 2010, came to an end at the end of the 2018 season, when he demanded to leave Pittsburgh after his relationship with the franchise deteriorated beyond repair.

The Steelers traded the seven-time Pro Bowl selection to Oakland in March last year, but Brown's stint with the Raiders was as short as it was disastrous.

missed most of training camp with frostbite on his feet, incurred after not wearing the appropriate footwear in a cryotherapy chamber.

He subsequently threatened to quit football if the NFL didn't allow him to wear the same helmet he's used for the last 10 years, before filing two grievances against the league.

Shortly before the start of last season, Brown got into a heated confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock after being fined for conduct detrimental to the team.

The Raiders subsequently suspended Brown, before naming in the team for the season opener against the Denver Broncos and ultimately released him a few days later.

Brown signed for the Patriots on September 9, but his adventure in New England lasted just two weeks, with the six-time Super Bowl winners cutting ties with him after he was accused of sexual assault by his former personal trainer Britney Taylor.

The wideout has since been accused of sexual misconduct by a different woman and had the police called on him after a domestic dispute with the mother of his children.

Last month, Brown pleaded no contest after in January he was charged with felony burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief after attacking a moving truck driver outside his home in Hollywood, Florida.

While Brown will not face jail, he will be on probation for two years. Additionally, the NFL's investigation into his sexual assault and rape allegations remain ongoing, meaning that he may not be cleared to play even should he sign a deal with one of the 32 franchises.

Nevertheless Brown, who will turn 32 on Friday, has been busy trying to rebuild bridges with the NFL, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the Steelers and their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

He has also been actively working out with a host of different NFL quarterbacks.

In April he was spotted training with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown and the following month he worked out with Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Last week, meanwhile, Brown shared a video of himself on the field with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Speaking to Seattle-based radio 950 KJR last week, NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo indicated Brown had shown an interest in playing for the Seahawks this season.

"I spoke to someone close to Antonio Brown and that person said, 'All I know is he wants to go to Seattle,'" he explained.

"That's what I was told from someone close to him, that he wants to go to Seattle but they don't know if it's going to wind up happening."

Brown has also expressed his desire to be reunited with Tom Brady, with whom he played just one game for the Patriots last season, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians ruled out the possibility of the receiver joining Brady in Florida.

"It's not going to happen," Arians said in April. "There's no room. It's just not going to happen. It's just a not a fit here. I just know him and it's not a fit in our locker room."

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NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown looks on courtside during the second half between the Miami Heat and the Memphis Grizzlies at American Airlines Arena on October 23, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Michael Reaves/Getty