Antonio Brown Expresses Interest In NFL Team Needing Receiver: 'Call Me'
By Jason Hall
August 16, 2022
Free agent Antonio Brown publicly expressed interest in signing with the Dallas Cowboys, sending a special message to team owner Jerry Jones amid the team's recent injury woes at the wide receiver position.
"Tell Jerry Jones to call me," Brown said via TMZ Sports.
Earlier this month, Cowboys wide receiver James Washington -- who signed with the team as a free agent this past offseason -- experienced a fractured right foot during training camp and was expected to miss 6-10 weeks, according to The Athletic's Jon Machota.
Dallas was already without wide receiver Michael Gallup, who is recovering from a torn ACL suffered during Week 17 of the 2021 season. Gallup recently signed a five-year, $62.5 million extension with the Cowboys in spite of the injury.
Brown hasn't played in an NFL game since stripping off his uniform and running off the field during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on January 5 and being released by the Buccaneers the following day.
In March, Brown said he wanted to "retire as a Pittsburgh Steeler" several years after a tumultuous departure from the franchise in which he found his most NFL success.
"Just wanna retire a Steeler," Brown initially tweeted on Monday (May 16). "Not play jus [sic] retire so we clear."
Brown was traded by the Steelers in 2019 after reports that he was dissatisfied with his situation.
The Miami native was later cut by Pittsburgh's trade partner, the then-Oakland Raiders, prior to ever appearing in a regular-season game, having since spent several games in 2019 with the New England Patriots and the majority of the last two seasons with the Buccaneers, with both tenures ending in controversy.
Brown was selected by the Steelers at No. 196 overall in the sixth-round of the 2010 NFL Draft and quickly emerged as one of the league's best receivers during his nine seasons in Pittsburgh.
The 33-year-old was a four-time First-team All-Pro (2014-17), a Second-team All-Pro in 2013 and a seven time Pro Bowl selection (2011, 2013-18), having led all NFL players in receiving yards twice (2014, 2017), receptions twice (2014, 2015) and receiving touchdowns in 2018.
After being released by the Bucs in January, Brown has served as the president of Kanye West's sports fashion line within his Donda Sports creative content company, as well as continued to focus on his own music career.