Bears, Redskins or Jets May Sign Antonio Brown
The Bears, Redskins or Jets may sign Antonio Brown.
As it turns out, Antonio Brown still has a lifeline in the NFL.
A few teams have expressed interest in signing the beleaguered wide receiver.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on November 3 (via WGR 550’s Ryan Hannable) the Seattle Seahawks “had been doing their due diligence” on Brown before claiming another troubled wide receiver, Josh Gordon, on waivers last week.
Schefter also says Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson “was pushing the Seahawks to sign Brown” before the Gordon deal.
The NFL is currently investigating sexual assault accusations involving Brown. The league hasn’t interviewed Brown about these accusations as of November 3. This is a sign NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Co. aren’t close to making a decision on Brown, per Schefter.
Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN on Friday there are “a few teams that are very interested in signing Antonio once this process is over.” It seems teams are waiting for the NFL to reveal its findings before making a move on Brown
Schefter also emphasizes the Seahawks acquiring Gordon “doesn’t mean they can’t visit signing Brown if and when the investigation is over.”
At this point, one may think Brown’s NFL career is over. It turns out several teams are willing to overlook his character issues.
If Brown does return to the NFL, a few of the league’s bottom feeders could use his services. The Chicago Bears (205.4 yards per game), Washington Redskins (194.3 yards per game), and New York Jets (187.0 yards per game) have the worst receiving stats this season. Brown can help shore up any of these teams’ receiving yardage.
Despite Brown’s controversial nature, the man can play – he has seven seasons of at least 1,108 receiving yards in his 10-year NFL career. Let’s also not forget he led the NFL in receiving yardage in the 2014 and 2017 NFL seasons (1,698 yards and 1,533 yards, respectively). He also led the league in touchdowns (15) in 2018 and was a seven-time Pro Bowler.
It’s just unfortunate Brown’s off-field controversies have been in the limelight recently. If he won’t play a single down in the NFL again, he will end up as one of the biggest wastes of talent in pro football history.
However, if a team is willing to take a chance on Brown, he can start on a clean slate. If he can lay off the drama and focus solely on football, he can revive his once-stellar NFL career. It’s completely up to him. For now, we’re keeping our fingers crossed.