Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Seattle is monitoring Antonio Brown as they weigh up a move for the seven-time Pro Bowler.
The free agent receiver will serve an eight-game suspension after breaching the NFL’s personal conduct policy following a January incident in Florida. The 32-year-old wide receiver is looking for a new home after being cut by the Patriots, who axed Brown after just 11 days and one game in September.
Seattle has emerged as a possible destination and Carroll addressed the Seahawks’ rumoured interest in Brown on Monday.
“What I’d say to you is what we always say because it’s what we always do and who we are,” Carroll said. “[General manager] John [Schneider] is competing at every turn. There’s never been a process, unless we just missed it, that we weren’t involved with to understand what the chances were of helping our club. He’s all over it. He understands what’s going on right now, as much as you can. It’s a very complex situation. We just need to see where it fits somewhere down the road. That’s all I got for you.”
MORE: Antonio Brown promises ‘best season of my career’
MORE: Why is Antonio Brown suspended?
Having entered the league with the Steelers in 2010, Brown has amassed 11,263 receiving yards and caught 75 touchdowns in his career.
Carroll, meanwhile, said the Seahawks are “very open” to reuniting with star wide receiver Josh Gordon.
Gordon was banned indefinitely in December for violations of the NFL’s policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse.
A Pro Bowler, Gordon – who would become an unrestricted free agent if and when he is reinstated – made five appearances for the Seahawks last season after he was released by the Patriots in November.
“It’s not in our hands,” Carroll said. “Josh did a really good job with us last year. He fit in really well. He was part of this team by the way we opened and embraced his coming to us but also by the way he adapted. So we are very open to that thought and we’ll see what happens. I don’t know. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen on that.”