With Antonio Brown now facing suspension, NFL teams might be hesitate on signing him.
Adam Schefter reported that Antonio Brown landed an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Antonio Brown was notified today by NFL Special Counsel for Conduct Todd Jones that he has been suspended without pay for the first eight regular-season games of the 2020 season for multiple violations of the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2020
Brown recorded 11,263 yards and 75 touchdowns in ten seasons. He spent the first nine seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before being traded to the Oakland Raiders.
His time in Oakland was short-lived as he faced issues with his foot got frostbite, a grievance with the NFL over his helmet, and a reported fight with general manager Mike Mayock. The New England Patriots signed him to a one year deal after the Raiders cut him. The Patriots cut Brown after playing just one game with the team. The move was due to allegations of sexual assault and allegedly intimidating one of his accusers over text message.
How Antonio Brown Suspension Affects Free Agency
Before the suspension, Brown has garnered interest from some teams behind the scenes. One of the teams that has publically said they won’t count out signing him was the Baltimore Ravens. Quarterback Lamar Jackson has stated he wants the team to sign Brown. Coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t rule out the option of signing him.
Ravens QB Lamar Jackson wants Antonio Brown on the team, and coach John Harbaugh doesn't rule it out https://t.co/YupsWMuDrv
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 30, 2020
After the news of the Antonio Brown suspension, it’s not known if any team would take a chance on the wide receiver. It would be tough to not have him for eight games, but a winning team like the Ravens could handle it. They already have enough offensive weapons to manage through the season. The one thing they are missing is an elite receiver. While Hollywood Brown has the potential, he doesn’t have what Antonio Brown has.
Looking at other teams, it’s a risk to sign Brown because they don’t know how he is doing mentally. Just a few weeks ago, Brown announced his retirement on social media. He would made comments about returning just a day or two afterward. His behavior is erratic and inconsistent. That’s enough for any team to question whether he’s worth bringing in.
The upside with Brown is his talent. He’s got the best hands in the league and is an elite route runner. Not many corners can cover Brown in one on one coverage. Should he return to the NFL and improve upon his numbers, he has a chance of being a first-ballot hall of famer.
Should Teams Sign Brown?
The question revolves around whether Antonio Brown is worth signing after the suspension? Maybe if you are a winning team with a strong culture. Teams should think about how the Patriots cut him after a week and a half on the team. That has to be a telling sign for teams.