THERE has been plenty of speculation over Antonio Brown’s future in the past month and a divorce from the Pittsburgh Steelers now appears more likely than ever. Last week team president Art Rooney said it’s “hard to envision” Brown at Pittsburgh’s training camp next season and with the fracture between the two sides only increasing the time for another NFL franchise to trade for the superstar receiver is now. Every team would love to own a pass catcher of Brown’s calibre, but he can’t play for everyone, therefore, one of these six teams needs to make the call before someone else pounces.
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ENTERING the off-season the Indianapolis Colts will have more salary cap space than any other team, so using some of those $$$ to soak up Antonio Brown’s contract is a move definitely worth considering. The Colts already boast T.Y. Hilton in their receiver room and tight end Eric Ebron had a breakout 2018 campaign hauling in 13 touchdowns, good for the second most in the league. The only player to top him? Antonio Brown with 15. With Andrew Luck back to his best and their O-line keeping him upright, adding Brown would give defensive coordinators nightmares.
San Fransisco 49ers
AFTER years of languishing at the bottom of the AFC West, the 49ers could become instant division contenders if they land Brown. A healthy Jimmy Garoppolo under center is a must, but assuming he’s back to full health a weapon on the outside makes San Fran an interesting team. George Kittle showed that he can be a legit receiving threat, but outside of him the wide receiver corp is fairly lacklustre, paving the way for Brown to be the No. 1 guy from day dot. With each day that passes this destination seems to be gathering more buzz and appears the most likely new home for Brown should the Steelers opt to part ways with him. It almost makes too much sense.
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IMAGINE going from a one-win season to boasting Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Jarvis Landry AND Antonio Brown is just over 12 months? That’s a scenario Cleveland Browns never thought they would find themselves in, but they are only one piece of the puzzle away from reinventing their entire offense. I find it near impossible that Pittsburgh would send AB to a division rival in the Browns, but stranger things have happened. Cleveland does have enough assets to pry Brown away, although the Steelers would need a god like offer to send him to their AFC North competitors.
AS Jon Gruden continues to overhaul the Raiders list there are question marks over how many blue-chip players he currently has in uniform. He could land one in Brown should he be willing to pay up and given the lack of pass-catching talent in Oakland it makes sense. No offense to the likes of Jordy Nelson, Jared Cook and Seth Roberts but the Raiders are severely lacking a true star receiver and Brown could easily be that guy, regardless of if Derek Carr is the long-term answer at quarterback or not.
ARIZONA is a team on the come up and after completely re-tooling their coaching staff, landing a big name talent to support their young quarterback is a wise investment. At the time of writing, Josh Rosen appears set to be the Cardinals QB of the future and securing an elite downfield threat in Antonio Brown would only help the budding gunslinger. Larry Fitzgerald is on his last legs and it would be unfair to expect rookie Christian Kirk to carry the load as the team’s top receiver opening the door for an upgrade at WR. Flush with salary cap space and the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, Arizona should definitely throw their hat in the Antonio Brown ring.
New England Patriots/Green Bay Packers
OK this one is purely for selfish reasons. Imagine seeing Antonio Brown lining up alongside Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers for the next few seasons as the two quarterbacking maestros close out their illustrious careers. The Patriots and Packers would need to do some serious salary cap shuffling, but they could both (New England more so than Green Bay) actually use a guy like Brown to spread the field and open up other avenues for the laser arms of Brady/Rodgers. Mouthwatering stuff.
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