Should the Eagles try to sign Antonio Brown?
While the Eagles were busy eliminating the Washington Football Team from playoff contention (while securing a spot of their own), a bizarre drama was playing out in North Jersey during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets football game.
Following a sideline dispute, star wide receiver Antonio Brown stripped his uniform off, and streaked out of the stadium. In addition to making all of us feel fat, he cost himself a spot on the team. Bucs’ Coach Bruce Arians announced after the game that Antonio Brown was no longer a Buccaneer.
Meanwhile down at FedEx field the Eagles were having their own wide receiver drama play out before them. On Sunday wide receivers not named DeVonta Smith accounted for four catches for 50 yards. Former first round pick Jalen Reagor put up a goose egg.
They say the Football Gods work in mysterious ways. One man’s breaking point is another man’s golden opportunity to add an all pro wide receiver to his team for a rock bottom price.
Hopefully I beat all of the wonderful callers on Philly sports talk radio this morning in saying:
The Eagles need to sign Antonio Brown.
You might think the Eagles should be wary about a guy that just had a public meltdown and went streaking in the end zone of MetLife Stadium.
You’d be wrong. Just look at Antonio Brown’s stats this year. He has 42 catches for 545 yards and four touchdowns. That’s over just seven games. Quez Watkins, the Eagles number two option at Wide Receiver currently has 38 receptions and 563 yards over 16 games. Watkins has also yet to catch a touchdown this year, in fact, he’s dropped a few.
Of course Antonio Brown comes with a lot of baggage that has to be considered. There’s the fake coronavirus vaccine card. Then a few years ago there were some downright sickening allegations made by a personal trainer. Many people would consider that alone disqualifying, and frankly I wouldn’t blame them for feeling that way. Then add on the felony charges from that time he fought a guy delivering furniture to his house. A very muddied picture emerges to say the least.
Antonio Brown is no saint. But this is football, not Sunday school. For what it’s worth his teammates all seem to love him. Just look at their reactions to him leaving today.
The Eagles have found themselves in the odd position of having a chance to compete for a Super Bowl this year. Something nobody thought possible. Now they could, with one phone call, have an offense capable of being as explosive as any other in the league. If the point of this game is winning championships, they’d be foolish not to consider it.
Mandatory Credit: Fox Sports