With Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown announcing over Twitter that he will be moving on from the Steelers organization Tuesday, these are some of the possible teams that could land the big name receiver during the offseason:
- San Francisco 49ers
This has the been one of the most promising spots that Brown may land. With recent actions hinting that he would likely join the 49ers organization, do not be surprised if he joins this young team. Some of the things that Brown did was photoshop himself in a 49ers jersey, as well as facetime San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, who reported that he badly wants to join the 49ers [credit: ESPN]. With that, the 49ers have an abundance of cap room money, having a total of $60,656,788 [credit: Over The Cap].
Looking at the offense for this team, they have a young quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo, who has shown flashes of being a top-tier quarterback in the NFL. That with the young, untapped potential core of receivers that the team has, mixed with experience on the offensive line would be a perfect for Brown. Expect Brown to work the other recievers on the 49ers and Garoppolo to develop a chemistry that will formulate to success on offense and possibly a trip to the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-2013 season.
2. Miami Dolphins
With not having much of a deep threat players on offense, look for Brown to consider this team as one that he could potentially play with. Many changes have occurred among the Dolphins organization, the important change being Brian Flores named the head coach of the team. Having Brown on the team will allow Flores to have designated plays for Brown, as well as use him as a side coach to better the receivers on the team, such as wide receivers DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills and make them All Stars.
Looking at quarterback Ryan Tannehill, he has had trouble finding that go-to receiver since wide receiver Jarvis Landry signed with the Cleveland Brown last season. From there, it was all about finding that connection, but he had no one that would step up and accept that role. With Brown stepping into that role, Tannehill would look for him to produce prime plays, which both players are knowing for, as well as the fiery attitude and strong messages he gives toward the end of games would help the Dolphins finish games strong. Look for Brown and Tannehill to form that Dan Marino-O.J. McDuffie connection if Brown were to join the Dolphins.
Now I understand this last team may be a stretch but I have my reasons:
3. New England Patriots
Now I know that the Patriots have been one of the most consistent teams, but no team is perfect-especially the Patriots as Bill Belichick would put it. One position that the Patriots have been lacking in the past years has been the wide receiver position. The Patriots are known for throwing short passes to wide receivers like Julian Edelman or Phillip Dorsett who turns a two yard play into five. It’s nice to have receivers to rely on for passing it short to, but what about passing it 20-30 yards down the field? That is when the Patriots need a receiver like Antonio Brown. Since the Patriots lost wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Rams, they have not found that player who possess the same skills as Cooks did down the field.
That’s when Brown comes in.
Antonio Brown is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. With the way that he is able to catch the ball down the field and create separation against the player who is covering him, he fits perfectly into what Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and quarterback Tom Brady want to do in the passing game. Look for Brown to be the deep threat on the Patriots if he were to join, as well as leverage the amount of catches Edelman will have, as the two would be one of the best two receiver combo in the NFL.
I’m not saying this because I want Antonio Brown on the Patriots (which may not happen), I’m saying this because he would fit into the passing game for the Patriots very well.
Look for the Steelers to shop around the NFL to see what teams will offer for the great Antonio Brown. What the Steelers are looking are for in return is someone who will make an impact offensively or defensively. A team like the San Francisco 49ers might have to give up fullback Kyle Juszczyk, New England Patriot’s cornerback Stephon Gilmore or Miami Dolphin’s Kenyan Drake to be even considered an offer. Just know whatever team Pittsburgh decides to trade Brown to is going to have to pick up his monstrous contract, as well as extra money he may want. Though he costs plenty of money, he is well worth the price because he sets the bar higher and higher every game Sunday football game he plays.