3 reasons Antonio Brown to Ravens never was in the cards
3. It could have been bad for Lamar Jackson:
What would have happened if the Ravens signed Antonio Brown and Marquise Brown upstaged him? What if Brown lost his composure in a battle against the Steelers? What would have happened every time Antonio Brown was open but Jackson didn’t feed him the football. Brown would have made everybody around him miserable. He would have been a hard player for Jackson to deal with.
Jackson has become the leader of the offense. The team has no problem rallying around Jackson and Jackson has no shortage of confidence. In fact, Jackson is in the perfect situation. He has the right offensive coordinator in Greg Roman. He has a young core of offensive players growing up with him in the NFL ranks. He has veterans like Willie Snead, Marshal Yanda and Mark Ingram to guide him. Everything the Ravens have put into the offense has been to help Jackson. Antonio Brown could have hurt Jackson’s development. He could have been an obstacle and a distraction for him.
Brown got frustrated with the Raiders before he even played for them. He forced his way out of Oakland days before the Raiders had their season opener. Brown wouldn’t have been happy in a run based offense where he wasn’t the superstar. If he was a Ravens it would have driven him crazy that Jackson was the center of attention. A boisterous, egotistical and a completely self-involved wide receiver would not make life easier for Jackson.