Mar 11, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown reacts to fans after the game between the Atlanta Hawks and the LA Clippers at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Brown says no ankle surgery until he has a deal

Free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown says he won’t undergo the ankle surgery he needs until he finds an NFL home.

Brown, who will be 34 in July, caught 42 passes in seven games last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“I need to get my ankle fixed, but I just want to make sure I got an obligation or a commitment from a team,” he told TMZ Sports. “It’s a lot for a guy to go do surgery without an idea of where you gonna work, or who you going to work for.”

The last time potential NFL employers saw Brown, the controversial wideout was removing his pads and jersey in the third quarter of Tampa Bay’s Week 17 win against the New York Jets.

A few days later the Buccaneers released Brown, who later claimed the team forced him to play hurt and covered up facts related to his injury. Then-head coach Bruce Arians denied the allegations.

“I’m a player first,” Brown told TMZ Sports. “I couldn’t even be in this position without being a football player. So I never want to take that for granted. I would love to continue my career. I got a lot of game left in me.”

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Brown has 928 catches for 12,291 yards and 83 touchdowns in 146 games with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2010-18), New England Patriots (2019) and Bucs.

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Oct 13, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas III (29) reacts after an incomplete pass in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Texans won’t sign S Thomas

The Houston Texans won’t be signing free agent safety Earl Thomas after all.

Reports emerged Monday afternoon that the Texans likely would be signing Thomas after his visit with the club. But 24 hours later, veteran NFL reporter John McClain of the Houston Chronicle wrote on Twitter that it won’t happen.

“After a lot of internal discussion, Texans decided Earl Thomas wasn’t a good fit,” he posted.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, Thomas has been without a team since Aug. 23. The Baltimore Ravens released him two days after he was involved in an on-field altercation with safety Chuck Clark, with the team citing “personal conduct that has adversely affected the Baltimore Ravens.”

Thomas had been eyeing a return to Texas for some time; he played in high school in the Lone Star State and collegiately for the Longhorns.

Thomas, 31, recorded 49 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble in 15 games last season. He has 713 tackles and 30 interceptions in 140 career games with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-18) and Ravens.

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Mar 5, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas walks on the court before a game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Report: S Thomas likely to sign with Texans

All-Pro safety Earl Thomas worked out with the Houston Texans on Monday and his “signing this week is more likely than not,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Thomas must first pass COVID-19 testing before any signing can become official.

The Baltimore Ravens released Thomas five weeks ago after he was involved in an on-field altercation with safety Chuck Clark. Thomas was sent home after the skirmish, then cut two days later for “personal conduct that has adversely affected the Baltimore Ravens,” a team statement read.

Thomas had been eyeing a return to Texas for some time; he played in high school in the Lone Star State and collegiately for the Longhorns.

Thomas, 31, recorded 49 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble in 15 games last season.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, Thomas has 713 tackles and 30 interceptions in 140 career games with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-18) and Ravens.

The AFC South champions in 2019, the Texans are off to an 0-3 start. They host another winless team, the Minnesota Vikings, on Sunday.

— Field Level Media

Jan 19, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) as Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan (26) chases during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Report: DB Ryan hires new agent; several teams interested

Free-agent defensive back Logan Ryan has a new agent and is expected to sign a deal before the start of the NFL season, according to a report Sunday.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Ryan is now working with agent Joel Segal, whose clients include defensive stars Patrick Peterson and Khalil Mack. Rapoport said Ryan has “several suitors.”

Ryan had 113 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions, 18 passes defensed and four forced fumbles for the Tennessee Titans last season.

Entering his eighth NFL season, Ryan said farewell to the Titans organization and fans in an Instagram post in May and said he wants to continue his career elsewhere.

“My chapter in Tennessee has come to a close,” he began his post.

“To the @Titans fans: Thank you for all the love. The energy and support this past season is what led to an epic run.

“To my Titans Teammates: I love all y’all. Being a leader and earning y’all respect is what meant most to me. Win or lose we stuck together and backed down from no one. “

He added he was “looking forward to continue to play at an elite level for a organization that’s a great fit for my family and me.”

The following week, Ryan reportedly was on the verge of a deal with the New York Jets, but that didn’t materialize.

Ryan spent the first four seasons of his career (2013-16) with the New England Patriots before signing a three-year, $30 million deal with Titans in March 2017. In 109 career games (85 starts), he has 494 tackles, 11 sacks and 17 interceptions.

–Field Level Media