Several Suitors for Antonio Brown, Tentative Reinstatement Following Week 8
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Antonio Brown will have multiple suitors following his tentative reinstatement following week 8 of the NFL season. The Seahawks are reportedly set to make a significant push for the former star wide receiver.
Brown last played for the Patriots in 2019. Brown appeared in only one game against the Dolphins before being released by the team amidst allegations of sexual assault. Brown had 4 receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown, also adding one rush for five yards in the Patriots 43-0 victory.
A generational talent like Brown will always have multiple suitors. The addition of Brown would give the Seahawks the best receiving group in the league. Giving Russell Wilson an array of Brown, D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett wouldn’t be fair to the rest of the league.
Here are 4 different teams in addition to the Seahawks that should be looking at Brown:
Ravens- Marquise Brown is the Ravens number one wideout and he’s also Antonio Brown’s cousin. Quarterback Lamar Jackson said Brown was “the type of guy we need in our locker room,” during the offseason. Brown certainly isn’t going to boost the character of the locker room, but he makes sense on the field. Marquise Brown hasn’t made the second-year jump fans were hoping for. Antonio Brown would automatically become the number one option in Baltimore. The signing would lift some of the pressure of Marquise Brown as well as shift coverage away from the second-year wideout. Maybe Antonio Brown will want to stick it to the Steelers by playing in the AFC North.
Packers- Aaron Rodgers hoped to see the Packers select a wide receiver in the 2020 draft. Instead, general manager Brian Gutekunst selected a running back playing second fiddle to Aaron Jones, and a quarterback to replace Rodgers. Despite the hiccup last week in Tampa Bay, the Packers look like a legitimate contender with MVP caliber Aron Rodgers reappearing. Brown would finally give Rodgers a legitimate second wide receiver.
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 26: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a 33 yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field on November 26, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Titans- The 5-0 Titans are the real deal. Derrick Henry is an absolute monster and Ryan Tannehill continues his surprising resurgence from the depths of an Adam Gase led offense in Miami. Second-year wideout A.J. Brown is making the second-year jump at wide receiver. Jonnu Smith is another big body at tight end that Tannehill loves to throw to. Brown would add a speedy option that the offense isn’t exactly known for. Head coach Mike Vrabel is the kind of hard-nosed coach that could handle Brown.
Chiefs- Oh no. This would make the Chiefs the Golden State Warriors of the NFL. The Chiefs still have roughly $5 million in cap space after the addition of Le’Veon Bell. Brown would fill in as the number 2 wide receiver in Kansas City behind Tyreek Hill. Wideouts Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson would get pushed back in the depth chart. Travis Kelce, Hill, and Brown would be a scary sight for the rest of the league.
Owners must feel comfortable enough to sign the troubled receiver. Monetary considerations are a factor as well. One would think that a player with such a troubled past would have to take the league minimum to come back and play. But Brown is such an impact player and it appears that his demand is high. I wouldn’t be shocked if Brown received a decent amount of guaranteed money. Heck, the Patriots did it. Maybe other teams won’t learn from the Patriots’ mistake.