With a lack of depth at the WR position, and his suspension now known, should the Philadelphia Eagles considering calling Antonio Brown?
We’ve all likely seen it by now, fans on social media calling for the Philadelphia Eagles to sign Antonio Brown. With Marquise Goodwin opting out, Alshon Jeffery set to start the season on PUP, and there being a handful of question marks with the other receivers, it makes sense to a degree. The Eagles need added depth in their WR room, and there’s a 4x All-Pro begging for a team to sign him.
Throw in the fact that Brown’s suspension has been clarified by the NFL (eight games), pretty much all the roadblocks that were in place prohibiting him from being acquired are now gone. With the above mentioned concerns glaring, should Howie Roseman and the Eagles actually consider reaching out to AB?
Short answer? Absolutely not.
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There’s no denying that Brown is one of the greatest wide receivers we’ve seen in the last decade. In fact, from 2013 through 2018 he was arguably the best overall wideout in the entire NFL. He had exceptional route running, unbelievable hands, great body control, and was effective in all three levels of the passing game (shot, medium, deep).
Across nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown recorded 841 receptions, 11,263 receiving yards, and 74 receiving touchdowns. He led the league in receptions twice, receiving yards twice, and in receiving touchdowns once. He’s been named an All-Pro caliber player on four separate occasions, and has been selected to seven Pro-Bowls.
Obviously, that’s an absolutely insane resume. A resume that would probably have him Hall of Fame bound if it wasn’t for his endless list of off the field issues.
After forcing his way out of Pittsburgh in 2019, Brown had short stints with both the Raiders and the Patriots before ultimately getting booted out of the league all together. He continued to train like he was gearing up for a NFL return in 2020, started up a rap career on the side, and ran into trouble with the law on multiple occasions.
All of Brown’s wild legal issues aside, he just turned 32 years old. The potential that he is still the same lightning quick WR that he was back in 2018 are slim, and he’s only going to regress at this stage in his career. Throw in all the potential locker room issues, it’s simply not worth the risk.
Outside of Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, there’s a lot left to be desired in the Eagles passing attack. DeSean Jackson is coming off a nasty core injury, JJ Arcega-Whiteside looked awful during his rookie season, Greg Ward is a practice squad call-up, and Jalen Reagor, Quez Watkins, and John Hightower are all rookies going through a tumultuous offseason. Barring any last second additions, the Eagles are really banking on some of these young guys to pan out and contribute sooner rather than later.