The New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders have each washed their hands of Antonio Brown. Still, some think the Cleveland Browns could be interested.
There’s no player more toxic in the entire NFL right now than Antonio Brown. The former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver burned bridges with the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots as he is once again looking for a new team. Oddly enough, some think if anyone will come calling, it will be the Cleveland Browns.
At the moment, there’s nothing linking AB to Cleveland, other than social media gossip. Simply search the players name as well as the city on Twitter and you will see that people are trying to connect the dots between the talented but disturbed wideout and the franchise trying to live up to an offseason full of hype.
The biggest reason to jump to the conclusion that the Browns are interested would be the fact that general manager John Dorsey seems to be a sucker for taking a gamble on talented players with checkered pasts.
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While with the Kansas City Chiefs, he drafted Tyreek Hill who had previously pled guilty to choking and punching his pregnant girlfriend. He also selected Kareem Hunt who apparently had some questions as well about his character.
Dorsey then doubled down and signed Hunt again after the Chiefs released him last year. Hunt was shown on a video in an altercation with a female that ended with him kicking her which led to his release and subsequent signing by Cleveland. So naturally, that means Dorsey will be interested in AB, right? Well, not so fast.
It’s easy to say Dorsey takes all the troubled players from the outside looking in, but that’s not 100 percent true. He does take risks but this always comes after the incident(s) are finalized. Hill had already been punished for his transgressions and was entering the NFL without facing any suspensions.
As for Hunt, there were only questions about his character when drafted and not anything huge that stood out. Then when he was added to the Browns this offseason, he was again moving forward and trying to make amends. The eight-game suspension he was handed came after the signing, but Dorsey had a good idea of what was coming by then.
That’s what makes the Antonio Brown drama so different. This guy is not only still being investigated by the NFL for some heinous accusations — which include sexual misconduct and even rape — but he’s still piling up reasons to avoid him like the plague.
After New England predictably signed him, Brown continued to prove he can’t stop the drama. Sure, he played well in his lone game but he also decided it was a good idea to send intimidating texts to one of his accusers. He apparently even did so from Gillette Stadium, proving he has no respect for pretty much anyone, even those who took a chance on him when no one else would.
So to sum things up, Brown is nowhere close to the kind of person John Dorsey would be willing to take a chance on. The GM has shown a willingness to be forgiving and give young men a second shot at turning their life around as long as those players are trying to make amends and turn their lives around.
With Brown, he’s not interested in doing that because it’s clear by his actions that he thinks he has never done a single thing wrong. That should lead to a hard pass from Cleveland.