Antonio Brown probably won’t be joining anyone for the remainder of 2019, but this offseason, the wide receiver will almost surely have some suitors interested in his services.
We know the deal with Brown. He carries a ton of risk due to his off-the-field problems and his tendency to disrupt the locker room, but on the field, he is one of the best receivers the NFL has ever seen.
That talent is exactly why Brown may very well find a home this coming offseason.
One potential destination could be the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens are unique in the fact that they have one of the league’s most explosive offenses without even having an elite wide out. Ironically enough, Antonio’s cousin, Marquise Brown, is Baltimore’s No. 1 receiver at the moment, and while he is a rookie with a bright future, he is far from being at top-flight receiver at this current point in time.
Just imagine, then, what Lamar Jackson and the Ravens will be able to do with a great receiver like AB.
Jackson is already incredibly dangerous due to the fact that he is as lethal of a dual threat as we have ever seen at the quarterback position. He is nearly impossible to defend, and a reliable downfield threat like Brown would make him even more inhuman.
Baltimore relies a lot on production from its tight ends. Mark Andrews is really good, and Nick Boyle and Hayden Hurst represent decent fallback options for Jackson.
But let’s face it: using three tight ends regularly in the aerial attack is very unorthodox and probably is not going to hold up well long term. Jackson could really use a bona fide wide receiver, and Brown fits that bill.
Now, there is some concern about how Brown would affect what is a largely young and impressionable locker room, but the Ravens would surely be aware of those risks going into it.
For that reason, there would likely be some very specific language in a Brown contract from Baltimore (or any team, for that matter) that would give the club a clear out if Brown acts up.
But if he behaves? Then the Ravens could have a dominant offense on their hands.
Baltimore has the quarterback in Jackson. It has the running backs in Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards. It has a really good tight end in Andrews. All it needs is the No. 1 receiver.
To be fair, Marquise could eventually develop into that type of guy, but either way, it would be nice to have Antonio in tow, and if anything, those two could comprise an incredibly formidable tandem.
The Ravens don’t seem like they need a whole lot at the moment. They are 10-2 and they are absolutely smoking teams, but the jury is still out on whether or not they can sustain this come playoff time.
One thing is for sure: we would all feel a whole lot better about Baltimore’s chances if it had a receiver like Brown in the fold, so unless the Ravens win a Super Bowl this year (which certainly is a possibility), Brown could be the final piece that puts this club over the top in 2020.