Marquise Brown has raised speculation about his future with the Baltimore Ravens after unfollowing the team on social media. What kind of Kyler Murray stunt is this?
Brown recently scrubbed his Instagram account of all pictures featuring the Ravens and removed the team from his Twitter bio.
His antics come weeks after Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray stirred up controversy by unfollowing the Cardinals on social media in the wake of the team’s playoff loss, in turn prompting conversations about Murray’s “immaturity.”
Since Brown and Murray were teammates back at Oklahoma, Brown could simply be showing solidarity for his friend in a passive way. Read between the lines another way, and one may conjecture that Brown is indeed unhappy in Baltimore and may wish to leave the franchise.
Some rumors of Brown’s future are unfounded: one Twitter user claimed Brown was retiring from football to stream video games. There has been nothing to confirm that “report.”
After just three years in the NFL, and given what he told reporters at the end of the 2021 season, Brown doesn’t seem ready to hang up his cleats just yet.
Ravens WR Marquise Brown raises speculation about his future on the team
The wide receiver is under contract for at least one more year, at which point the Ravens could activate his fifth-year option.
Brown recorded career-highs in multiple categories in 2021 including targets (146), receptions (91), and receiving yards (1,008). Along with Mark Andrews, Brown has been one of Lamar Jackson’s most reliable pass-catchers and will be instrumental in improving the Ravens’ passing offense this season.
With Sammy Watkins likely leaving this offseason, Brown will serve as one of the more experienced players who can help mentor younger wideouts like Rashod Bateman.
Other offseason rumors have connected him to cousin Antonio Brown, who expressed his desire to play with Jackson at some point in the future.
It doesn’t seem like Brown is unhappy with his contract or his role in the offense, but the fact that he hasn’t commented on his social media actions is a little baffling (compare him to, say, Michael Thomas scrubbing his Instagram and posting an inspirational video of Kobe Bryant).
Rumors are just rumors, and there’s no point trying to predict Brown’s future based on something as insubstantial as a Twitter bio change. Whatever he has to say will come out soon enough.