Third time’s a charm?

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Embattled NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown could end up playing in the playoffs after ESPN’s Senior NFL reporter Adam Schefter reported Friday morning that he was in New Orleans working out with the Saints.

Brown, currently a free agent, then seemingly confirmed the report when he posted a Saints free agent waiver form on his Instagram story with the caption, “back to business”, although the post appears to have been deleted.


If Brown signs with the Saints, it would be a remarkable cap to a tumultuous and controversial season which started with him being cut by the Oakland Raiders and then released by the New England Patriots after playing just one game in September following a series of sexual assault allegations leveled against him.

The Saints have a shot at the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs this season, which would mean a first-round bye, although both the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers would have to lose this weekend. If all three teams win this weekend, the Saints would be the No. 3 seed, which means they would host a wild card game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Brown met with the NFL for eight hours last month in Florida as part of the investigation. Brown has denied the allegations.

The NFL has not concluded that investigation and it is uncertain when it will. Even after it wraps, Brown still could face additional league-imposed discipline.

Signing with a new team would definitely leave the next move in the NFL’s hands.