After a litany of off-field issues, it's very unclear whether or not Antonio Brown will ever play in the NFL again. Even if AB finds his way back on the football field, he's already guaranteed to miss half of the 2020 season due to a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy. Now that the superstar wide receiver has officially been suspended, Brown could be one step closer to resuming his career in the NFL. Does that mean a team should sign him? Brown's roller-coaster journey of the last year (which included essentially forcing his way out of three different organizations) suggests the risk might be greater than the reward at this point. Regardless of this, Brown still appears in top shape with a Hall of Fame-caliber resume under his belt. With that in mind, here's a stab at the five most likely landing spots for Antonio Brown in 2020.
1. Seattle Seahawks
Where there's smoke, there's usually fire, and let's just say the Seahawks have been smoky as of lately. They've been actively searching for a third WR to pair with Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf, and Seattle has had a deep history of taking chances on troubled veterans. Not to mention Russell Wilson has been campaigning for AB to join the Seahawks, as Wilson and backup Quarterback Geno Smith have both been working out with Brown this summer. Wilson's backup, Geno Smith, is good friends with Brown and has been advocating for his return on social media. Seattle seems to be going 'all in' on a Super Bowl run this year with trading for Jamal Adams from the Jets, ao why not add even more firepower to an already loaded offense with signing Antonio Brown?
2. Baltimore Ravens
The NFL's reigning MVP Lamar Jackson, says he loves Brown and wants to play with him sometime in the future. Brown's cousin Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown just happens to be on the Raven's roster at the same position. The Ravens could very well use a veteran addition to a WR group and offense that figures to be squarely in Super Bowl contention. Does this Franchise want potential controversy in a young locker room by bringing Brown to Baltimore? The risk seems to be greater than the reward at this point, but Ravens GM Eric DeCosta and Head Coach John Harbaugh may believe Lamar Jackson's star power is enough to overshadow the potential problems Brown could bring. Just imagine unleashing a motivated AB against the Steelers late in the season.
3. Green Bay Packers
The Packers aren't one of those Franchises to make splashy, let alone controversial moves, but they have a major WR need after leaving the position unaddressed this offseason. Green Bay was able to add Devin Funchess to the mix, but Funchess has recently opted out for the 2020 season. Davante Adams is a great #1 Wide Receiver, but he won't be able to carry the offense again like he did in 2019. Unless Jace Sternberger and Equanimeous St. Brown are about to have a breakout year this year, Green Bay should be in the running for AB. This potential signing could also save the Packers relationship between the organization and Aaron Rodgers. The Packers have spent the last few months trying to convince Aaron Rodgers they still believe in him despite drafting Jordan Love in the 1st round. Actions do speak louder than words, and there isn't a greater action than giving Rodgers a star #2 Wide Reciever for the 2020 Season.
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4. Tennessee Titans
Titans GM Jon Robinson has been flirting with a big name all offseason, so why not this one? The Titans are a tightly run organization under Mike Vrabel as a no-nonsense team both on and off the field, but that could make them equipped to handle someone like Brown. Second-year Wide Receiver A.J. Brown does look like a star in the making, but then it's Adam Humphries and an injured Corey Davis at WR. Then you have to take the fact that Ryan Tannehill is under much pressure than ever to replicate his 2019 breakout season. There's also the fact that the Titans were very interested in trading for Brown just a year ago. Although views on this have changed between then and now, so have Tennessee's title hopes.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Head Coach Bruce Arians has been pretty clear: He wants no part of Brown in his locker room. Considering he also has a history with the WR from his days in Pittsburgh, that would seem to be the end of the discussion. But can we underestimate Tom Brady's influence here? The way this Buccaneers team has been assembled, No. 12 has essentially been crowned junior GM. He already coaxed the club to trade for Rob Gronkowski from New England and could still use a true No. 3 WR. He also loved AB during their brief time together in New England. If Arians is all in on this win-now operation, it makes sense, because Brady isn't getting any younger as time goes on.