There’s trouble brewing in Pittsburgh between wide receiver Antonio Brown and the Steelers. After refusing to play in the season finale and not returning texts and calls, there’s rumors that the relationship between team and player is so sour that the Steelers will be willing to trade Brown sooner than later.
So, here are five teams that should consider making the move for one of the leagues best wide receivers.
Green Bay Packers - When you have Aaron Rodgers, you’re always in win now mode. The Packers have holes in a lot of areas of their roster, but they also have skill position players who either can’t stay heathy or underproduce. Brown would give Rodgers a weapon he’s never had in his career, and it would allow other receivers such as Davante Adams, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Randall Cobb to be the second tier options they truly are. The Packers have two first round picks, so putting together an offer the Steelers can’t refuse wouldn’t be difficult. If the Packers are serious about becoming real Super Bowl contenders, they consider this move.
San Francisco 49ers - Jimmy Garoppolo will return at some point, and he needs weapons around him if he’s going to live up to that monster contract the 49ers gave him. Marquise Goodwin is a fine receiver and it would be even better if Pierre Garcon and Dante Pettis could stay healthy. However, Brown takes this 49ers offense to another level and really speeds up what offensive guru Kyle Shanahan is trying to build. We saw what Shanahan was able to do in Atlanta when he had elite players at the skill positions. The 49ers were competitive in a lot of their losses this season and adding a receiver such as Brown to go with a healthy quarterback could make San Francisco the most improved team in the league come 2019-20.
New York Jets - The New York Jets have found their quarterback in Sam Darnold and are clearly a team on the upswing. When you have a young quarterback who has the keys to the franchise, it’s important you provide him with everything possible to succeed. It’s not often a seven-time Pro Bowl receiver and somebody who is still fairly young is on the market. Brown would take a ton of pressure off of Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse, and he would certainly make the Jets a more consistent offense. It’s been a while since the Jets have had an offense that scares defenses. They have the quarterback. Go get a difference maker at wide receiver.
Miami Dolphins - The Miami Dolphins seem to be going the rebuilding route with the firing of Adam Gase and the likely departure of Ryan Tannehill. Regardless of what happens, bringing in Brown not only helps the team remain somewhat competitive, but it keeps the fanbase happy and shows the ownership isn’t completely tanking despite a change of plans. Brown was born in Miami, went to high school at Miami Norland and is often seen in South Florida training, so he would likely welcome this move if he truly wants out of Pittsburgh. Also, owner Steven Ross is no stranger to the flashy moves that keep his team in the headlines.
Washington Redskins - No matter what happens to quarterback Alex Smith, the Washington Redskins need an upgrade at wide receiver in the worst way. There’s not a receiver on this Washington roster who puts fear in an opposing defense and nobody can help take the top off to kind of open things up. The addition of Brown would make Jordan Reed, Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder much more effective players, as they would have more room to breathe. It’s no secret why Reed was the only Redskins player with 50 or more catches, and it’s that this offense is too easy to defend with limited options. Brown would add a much needed shot in the arm for Washington, even if this franchise needs to find a new quarterback as well.