Russell Wilson believes the Seahawks are a "great place" for Antonio Brown to grow when the star quarterback confirmed the team's interest in the free agent.
The Seahawks have been linked to All-Pro recipient Brown, who was released by the Patriots last September on charges of sexual assault, which he denied.
Brown – a seven-time pro bowler – was banned from eight games for "multiple violations of the NFL's personal code of conduct".
Asked about Brown, Wilson said to reporters on Thursday, "Most of the conversations I've had with most of his former teammates and stuff like that said he worked hard every day.
"He was done and I think he had a bad year or two there that didn't go the way you want them to.
"I think that with our culture and how our culture is, with coach [Pete] Carroll, with the teammates we have, the men we have and the growth, I think when he plays football I think that this is a great place. If he plays again I think this is a place where he will grow a lot as a man too. "
"I think Antonio definitely took these steps [in the right direction] and like I said, nobody is perfect," said Wilson. "From the conversations I had with him, he was really remorseful and just humbly on the way. As I said, I pray that he can keep growing, just like everyone else."
Since joining the league with the Steelers in 2010, Brown has accumulated 11,263 yards and scored 75 touchdowns in his career.
Brown only appeared once for the Patriots after he was released by the Raiders. He recorded 56 yards and a touchdown.
Wilson, whose Seahawks are first in NFC West with a perfect 5-0 record, added: "I think the reality with Antonio is that he is obviously one of the best players to play this game."
"I think he has always been a special player when it comes to the field. The reality with Antonio is that he has had some difficult moments in his life, especially recently. I think he went through a lot of things that he did has wishes he could take back and do and just not say whatever it may be.
"But I think he's a special player for sure. I don't know what's going to happen to him or not. I don't know how serious we are about getting him or not. But I know he obviously can. " I guess that's the thing.
"I've built a personal relationship with him and not everyone is perfect. And I think that's the reality, none of us. Hopefully he can play football again."
"I think we've been great all year," Wilson continued. "I think you're always trying to see how we can get better, how we can get better in every way."