Future Hall of Fame wide receiver Antonio Brown has outstayed his welcome in Pittsburgh. Should the Baltimore Ravens have legitimate interest in him?
It’s hard to believe that a wide receiver of Antonio Brown’s caliber would be on his way out the door during the height of his career. But here we are, as the Pittsburgh Steelers organization has seemingly had enough of their ace receiver and the pile of baggage he carries with him. Despite his incredible play, one that will eventually lead him to Canton, Ohio, the Steelers organization has decided to part ways with Brown.
However, this is a two-way street, and Antonio Brown has shown no-sympathies towards his soon-to-be former team:
With the two parties sent to eventually break-up, this has become the hottest story of the off-season thus far. Who will be a suitor for Antonio Brown, and will it be via trade or Free Agency/Waiver Wire?
The hottest of teams is the San Francisco 49ers. It’s been clear to the world that Antonio Brown has shown interest in joining the 49ers, and his talks with Hall of Famer Jerry Rice only confirm these thoughts. Meanwhile, it’s easy to connect the dots with teams who have great foundations in place, i.e. New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, or Green Bay Packers. Even the Steelers own rivals in the AFC North have been linked to the Antonio Brown sweepstakes.
The Cleveland Browns make perhaps the most sense, as the team has a need for a true X-receiver and Brown fits the bill while also giving the team a valuable leader on the depth chart. The Cincinnati Bengals could also stake claim to Brown, as they need to find talent that can stay healthy at the receiver spot. The Bengals are somewhere between rebuilding and competing, but Brown would be an instant difference maker.
Of all the teams in the AFC North, the Baltimore Ravens provide the most intriguing option. Baltimore is very much the Steelers biggest rivals within their division, and the team has always been in need of an elite receiver. With a young quarterback in place via Lamar Jackson, Antonio Brown would be a perfect add to help him develop. But, should the Baltimore Ravens even show interest in making a move for Antonio Brown?