The sports world has been exploding over the fact the Raiders have released Antonio Brown. I’m not advocating that the Seahawks actually scoop him up to start Week 2, but here are 3 reasons why the Seahawks should pick him up:
- The culture. The Seahawks coaching staff and the front office have proven that the culture is centered around the players. Now, I’m not saying the Seahawks way is Antonio’s way, but if there is a team out there that could help him with his issues, the Seahawks’ players and coaching staff I think would be one of the best fits for him. I don’t think he felt connected or part of the team while with the Raiders, and that disconnect or failure to adapt didn’t help him while in Oakland. It could be different in Seattle.
- One-year deal. The Seahawks aren’t necessarily hurting for a wide receiver at this moment in time. I believe his ability will attract extra defense to open up other parts of the passing game. I think the Seahawks, being who they are, could get Antonio at a discounted price, roughly $10 million, for this season, minus week 1. His recent debacle might offer this discounted price for a single season if the Seahawks are willing to risk it. Additionally, according to Over the Cap, the Seahawks have $64M in cap space available in 2020. There are players that will need some extensions, but if the Seahawks are looking for security with AB, they could sign him for less this year and make up for in the ensuing years of his contract. Thank you to Nic Bodiford for that insight.
- It prevents the Patriots from scooping him up. I really don’t need to clarify this point, but the Patriots don’t put up with drama. This being said, the Patriots are usually willing to bring in players with character problems. The offensive connection between him and Tom Brady would be destructive to defenses. They already have Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, and Demaryius Thomas. Adding Brown would be just unfair. Hence why the Seahawks should add him in the mix with Tyler Lockett, Jaron Brown, David Moore, and D.K. Metcalf, even if it is just for one season.