With his suspension coming to an end after week 8, Antonio Brown is eligible to return to the league and the Seattle Seahawks are trying to make a push for him. Although they’re the front runner to sign him, other teams will be interested.
Since entering the league in 2010, Brown has put up some amazing numbers. He ranks second in receptions (841), second in reception yards (11,263), and third in reception touchdowns (75). Pro Football Focus ranks him as the 2nd highest graded receiver behind Julio Jones.
If things don’t work out with Seattle, here are a list of teams that could desperately use the wideout’s talents:
New England Patriots:
Many people wondered what New England’s offense would look like with Cam Newton at the helm. They mix in a lot of run and play action, but they don’t have a receiver that can run by defenders in the secondary. They’re led by an aging Julian Edelman, who led the league in drops a season ago. And first round pick N’Keal Harry, hasn’t shown any signs of the explosiveness he showed in training camp a year ago. The team struggles to move the ball when they aren’t running it well. Given the way Brown ended things with the New England organization, it’s safe to say he won’t be resigning here.
Lamar Jackson has certainly been electrifying in Baltimore since he entered the league, but this year the offense seems to be a bit lackluster. Even with speedster Marquise Brown at full health, this team’s strength comes from running the ball. However, the lack of depth at the receiving position hurts Lamar in big games, because many of these pass catchers drop a lot of passes. With the addition of a veteran like Brown, this will open the offense. Not only will defenders have to double the wideout, but they’d have to pay attention to Jackson whenever he decides to scramble.
New York Jets:
To be fair, this team is in need of a lot of things other than a wideout. If Brown signs here, it’s only to get back at the Patriots. If Sam Darnold can get back into the starting lineup, it can help with his progression because he’ll have reliable target he can throw to. It won’t fix all of their problems, but at least they’ll win a few games.
Brown would elevate a Philly team that has a depleted receiving core to great heights. Carson Wentz has had to throw to backups all season since DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery have been injured. Although the Cowboys are favored to win the division, the NFC East is still wide open. Now with Zach Ertz missing some time because of an injury, Wentz needs some consistency with the skilled positions now more than ever.
A trade that left many scratching their heads and Arizona rubbing their hands together, left Houston without their best pass catcher in recent years, DeAndre Hopkins. They haven’t received the same amount of production with the receivers they have left. Brandin Cooks can beat defenders deep with his speed, but he has an history of injuries. As do many of the other Texans receivers; Randall Cobb, Will Fuller, and Kenny Stills. With the addition of Brown, this offense can come back to life, much like it did in the 2019 season. Like the Ravens, this receiving core drops a lot of passes as well. Filling the shoes of Hopkins isn’t an easy task, but Brown will come very close.