Raiders, Antonio Brown Preparing For Reunion?
Are the Raiders and Antonio Brown preparing for a reunion?
Brown’s first experience with the Raiders did not go as planned.
The then Oakland-based franchise traded for the polarizing wide receiver when he demanded that the Pittsburgh Steelers move him.
Mike Tomlin and Co. obliged, ultimately getting back a third and a fifth-round pick for their Pro Bowler.
Unfortunately, Brown never actually ended up playing a single game with the Raiders. He immediately clashed with management and caused the sort of distraction no one wide receiver in the league had since Terrell Owens.
After reaching the end of their patience with Brown, the Raiders simply waived him.
Brown was subsequently picked up by the New England Patriots, with whom he played a single outing before ultimately being cut following a sexual assault allegation.
After being on three separate franchises in one calendar year, Brown suddenly found himself on the outside looking in. He has not been on an NFL roster since September 2019.
Recently, Brown appeared on The Breakfast Club podcast to talk about a variety of issues.
One of the things that was brought up was his relationship with the Raiders – namely head coach Jon Gruden.
To hear Brown explain it, he and Gruden always got along great. Apparently his beefs with the Raiders never actually involved the head coach.
“I think Jon Gruden was always one of my big supporters,” he said.
“I think he want to see me get back out there and kinda get out the washing machine.
“I think when I played with the Raiders, we always used to talk, he was like, ‘you was dynamic this day, but this day you was emotional…’ If there happened to be a second chance, I’d look forward to it.”
It is difficult to see a scenario where the Raiders put themselves in a position to get burned twice. They already gave up assets to acquire Brown and ended up with nothing to show for it.
Given how unstable the wide receiver has been over the last few months, it would be difficult to justify taking another chance on him.
Clearly the now Las Vegas-based team could use additional offensive weapons, but it is unlikely that one of those weapons will end up being Brown.