Will the Cleveland Browns be interested in Antonio Brown?
After missing nearly all of the 2019 season with a long list of off-field issues, Brown was handed a suspension by the league and will be out for at least eight games in 2020. While a half-season suspension is often a reason to avoid a player, this recent development could be a positive for Brown.
Brown is clearly a talented receiver but with his issues and a pending investigation looming overhead, no team would touch him last season. Now, any team interested in his services at least knows when they would be getting him back.
This could lead to a team with a playoff roster looking to add him with hopes for a second-half surge. The question is not only whether or not he would be worth any potential headache but also if he would be in shape and ready to contribute.
Would the Browns be interested?
For the Cleveland Browns, Antonio Brown still makes no sense. They might not be terrible deep at wide receiver but they have their No. 1 and No. 2 guys in Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Not only are both players coming off a 1,000-yard season but head coach Kevin Stefanski doesn’t often go too deep into his receiving corps anyway.
However, that doesn’t mean Browns are completely done dealing with Brown since there could be another AFC North team interested in signing him.
Which AFC North team could sign AB?
There’s another team in the Browns division that could look to sign the high-profile wideout, but it’s not his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Instead, keep an eye on the Baltimore Ravens, who happen to employ Brown’s cousin — Marquise Brown.
A Brown family reunion in Baltimore would be huge for the Ravens who really could use some depth at the position. And they fit the bill of a team that will be in the playoff hunt but could use a spark plug at the end of the season.
Brown could be exactly that for them — as long as he would be fine working in an offense that’s predominantly run-based.
Of course, there’s also a chance no one touches Brown again in 2020 since he’s become completely toxic. However, talent speaks volumes and he still has that.