Although free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown announced his retirement once again, it seems Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is not giving up hope on the prospect of him joining the team ahead of the 2020 NFL season.
Rumors began to swirl about Baltimore's potential interest in Brown after he took part in a throwing session alongside his cousin and Jackson's teammate in wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown this offseason.
According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, the reigning MVP is still optimistic that the Ravens can sign him:
“It was nice throwing to Antonio Brown [this offseason]. I was hoping we would get him. I’m still hoping — a little bit.”
There is no question that Brown would add an intriguing dynamic to this explosive Ravens' offense. Of course, there is still an element of high-risk, high-reward given his track record both on and off the field.
Brown is in the midst of moving past his legal troubles and will likely be reinstated by the NFL in the near future if mutual efforts are made. Despite his prolonged hiatus from the league, he has certainly not let up on his conditioning by getting workouts in with a number of high-profile stars this offseason.
His ties to Baltimore's personnel could very well serve as a catalyst for him to spark a potential resurgence in his career and add onto his Hall of Fame resume.
While Jackson may be on board with adding Brown to the passing game, it remains to be seen if the Ravens' brass is willing to take on the baggage that comes along with him.