Antonio Brown report makes zero sense for Chiefs or rest of NFL
By Matt Conner
The latest report about former NFL wideout Antonio Brown having a ton of potential suitors just sounds like agent daydreams to anyone with common sense.
Let’s begin with the actual report and break things down from there. On Monday, Bleacher Report attributed the following bit of information to their reporter Mike Freeman: “At least 20 teams are ‘seriously interested’ in signing Antonio Brown. Patriots are the only postseason contender who would not sign him.”
Reflect on this for just a minute, and allow your knowledge of recent events, statements, social media posts, and general attitudes concerning Antonio Brown to be a part of that reflection.
Now return back to the report at hand.
The insinuation, for our purposes, in this report is that the Kansas City Chiefs would be interested in the services of Antonio Brown. The Chiefs, who already have All-Pro Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs, who already have the ridiculously under-utilized Mecole Hardman. The Chiefs, who already have the highest paid wideout in football in Sammy Watkins. The Chiefs, who have a record-setting tight end in Travis Kelce. The Chiefs, who also have Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle and, well, you get the picture.
Somehow the Chiefs are “seriously interested” in signing Antonio Brown. And they aren’t the only team. Apparently, every single postseason contender is interested, except the New England Patriots. Say, what?
By the way, this would mean that the Pittsburgh Steelers would be interested in signing him, because, y’know, they are still technically alive for a postseason spot. Crazy.
In fact, Freeman’s report says “at least 20 teams.” Did you know that all but 18 teams have been mathematically eliminated from the postseason? That means that 17 of those teams (remember, not the Patriots) want him and 3 more who do not qualify for the postseason are also interested in signing Antonio Brown.
Let’s just admit it that this report, at least the way it’s given, is ludicrous.
The silliness of it all likely means that Freeman was quoting something else entirely, perhaps an agent who likely said something more like this, “At least 20 teams would be interested in signing Antonio Brown if he wasn’t clearly suffering from sort of mental health concerns and/or not acting like a locker room cancer—except for the Patriots.”
That is the only way in which the Chiefs, or nearly any other NFL team, would ever be interested in signing Brown at this stage—in some vacuum within which real world rules don’t apply. It’s akin to a road trip game of “Would You Rather?” “Hey Brett Veach, if you could add Antonio Brown to your offense without worries of money or drama or public relations or anything else AB-related, would you?”
Other than that, the market for Antonio Brown likely remains barren as ever. The receiver himself has been asking people to write statements of contrition for him in recent weeks. He’s threatened lawsuits to get back. He’s basically been pounding on the door to find his way back in by any means necessary for the last several weeks, but somehow now everyone wants to sign him for 2019, including teams that are going home at December’s end?
It’d be great if Freeman would elaborate on this and explain why the Chiefs and other contenders have been lumped into this conversation. On the surface the report makes no sense.
Then again, that makes it just like most everything linked with Antonio Brown these days.