Could Antonio Brown Play in Week 1 of the 2020 Season? Former Steelers Star Works out with Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown worked out together on Wednesday and reignited the NFL rumor mill as they were joined by the latter's cousin, Antonio.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, the older of the two Browns joined the two Ravens stars on the field in South Florida, catching a 50-yard pass from Jackson on a dead sprint. Footage of the workout was shared on Jackson's Instagram account, while "Hollywood" posted picture of the trio on Twitter.

While Brown was one of the stars of the Ravens team that went 14-2 last season, his older cousin remains a free agent after his career was thrown in turmoil as his personal life descended into chaos.

A nine-season spell with the Steelers, the team that had drafted him in 2010, came to an abrupt end when Brown burnt bridges with the franchise at the end of the 2018 regular season and demanded to leave Pittsburgh.

The star wideout was traded to the Raiders last March but his spell in Oakland proved to be as short as it was disastrous.

Brown 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.

We Activated 🔋

— Hollywood Brown (@Primetime_jet) April 1, 2020

Less than a month before the regular season scheduled start, Brown was fined twice in the space of a few days, got into a heated confrontation with Raiders general manager Mike Mayock and was eventually released without playing a single snap with the team.

The former Central Michigan alumni was picked up by the New England Patriots on September 9 but his adventure in Foxborough 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.

Brown 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. In January, he turned himself in just a day after police in Florida issued a warrant for his arrest as he was charged with felony burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief after reportedly attacking a moving truck driver outside his home in Hollywood, Florida.

Since the latest incident, Brown has embarked on an apology tour, looking to rebuild bridges with the Steelers and their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the NFL in general.

By all accounts, the sixth-round pick of the 2010 NFL draft remains eager to return to football, but it remains to be seen whether any franchise would be prepared to roll the dice on him. While Brown's talent is unquestionable—he ranks second in Steelers' history for receiving yards, receptions and touchdowns—he will be 32 by the time the next NFL season gets underway, whenever that may be.

The ongoing investigation represents an obvious legal obstacle for any team willing to consider the option of adding the wideout, who could still end up on the NFL commissioner's exemption list.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians ruled out signing Brown, killing off the latter's hopes of being reunited with Tom Brady, whom he played with during his brief stint in New England.

The veteran quarterback signed for the Bucs last month, but while the duo clearly shared a connection on the field, Arians was clear he would not add Browns to the Bucs' receiving corps.

"It's not going to happen," he told reporters last week. "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."

Similarly, ESPN reported that the wide receiver worked out with Jackson and Brown, he is unlikely to join the reigning NFL MVP and his younger cousin in Baltimore next season. The Ravens are expected to upgrade their receiving corps—which totaled 115 catches last season, 22 fewer than any other team in the NFL—but will do so through some of their nine draft picks.

The Patriots' receiving options are also in dire need of upgrade but with Brady gone, it seems extremely unlikely Brown could return to New England.

Antonio Brown
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