Nearly two months ago, Super Bowl champion wide receiver Antonio Brown announced his retirement from football.

Shortly after leaving the NFL, Brown revealed that he became the owner of the Albany Empire of the National Arena League. His father, Eddie, previously played for the team.

On Friday, the four-time All-Pro wide receiver took to Twitter to say he was coming out of retirement.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on October 14, 2021. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports)

Brown posted a photo of himself in a Baltimore Ravens uniform despite not being on the team’s roster.

There is also no indication that the Ravens pursued Brown ahead of the 2023 season.


«Excited to be back in the NFL this year,» Brown wrote along with the hashtag Ravens Flock.

Brown has previously been linked to Baltimore.

Lamar Jackson, who became the highest-paid player in NFL history Thursday, lobbied for the Ravens to add Brown to the roster. Jackson and Brown spent part of the 2020 offseason training together.

Brown ended up in Tampa in 2020 and won the first Super Bowl of his career.

Antonio Browns warms up

Antonio Brown of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on January 2, 2022 in East Rutherford, NJ (Elsa/Getty Images)

«He’s a great guy, down to earth, and he’s passionate about the sport of football,» Jackson told The Baltimore Sun at the time.

«I feel like the locker room here is different from any other locker room. It’s like a brotherhood. There’s none of that outside noise, it’s strictly inside. We care about each other, we care about what we have to do. We want to win, and I can say in him that he wants to win. He wants to play ball».

Brown hasn’t played a snap in the NFL since running off the field in January 2022 during a game for the Buccaneers. After the game, coach Bruce Arians told reporters that Brown «wasn’t a Buc anymore.»

Antonio Brown poses for a photo

Former NFL player Antonio Brown poses for a photo during a game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers on January 17, 2022 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Since his departure from Tampa Bay, Brown has had a number of problems off the field. Authorities issued a warrant for Brown’s arrest due to alleged unpaid child support.

In 2019, the Patriots released Brown after the league began investigating him for multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Last October, Brown had to pay a delivery man after an alleged attack.


In addition to his problems off the field, Brown was once one of the best players in the NFL. He was named to seven Pro Bowls. During his nine-year stint with the Steelers, Brown led the league in receptions and receiving yards multiple times.

He is second in Steelers history in career receptions, yards and touchdowns.