Seahawks should not ever sign Antonio Brown
By Lee Vowell
The Seahawks might be making a push to sign wayward receiver Antonio Brown.
Antonio Brown has been a great receiver in his NFL career. He has also been a problem in locker rooms. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says Antonio Brown has been remorseful for his off-the-field issues and that Seattle would be a great place for Brown to “grow as a man.”
This is likely true. Brown might be a better human being for coming to Seattle. But the Seahawks do not need Antonio Brown. Seattle needs a pass rusher or two then they can think about other stuff. But receiver is not a position of need and Brown is therefore not needed.
Seattle also doesn’t need to take the chance that Brown is disruptive in the locker room. If Brown wants to play football again, and he tends to flip-flop between wanting to play and not wanting to play, then let him go elsewhere.
Brown played his way out of the Steelers, played his way out of New England and somehow played or talked or acted his way out of being a Raider before his career even began with that team. Brown has issues, real issues.
Seattle doesn’t need to take the chance that Brown has fixed his issues because he might simply want to play because he needs the money.
Brown still good?
Maybe Brown is still a great receiver, though at 32 years old and being rusty after having played just one game in the last two years, his skills might be diminished. But the Seahawks already have good receivers who deserve to get passes thrown their way. Putting Brown in the mix means fewer targets for Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.
Seattle’s offense is working really well the last time I looked. They lead the league in points scored. Adding another offensive weapon in a clearly offensive (in every sense of the word) year isn’t needed now. Defensive help is and Seattle only has about $4 million in cap space. That money should go towards an edge rusher, if possible.
Antonio Brown will be free to sign with any team when his 8-game suspension is lifted in a couple of weeks. He shouldn’t sign with Seattle. Maybe the Seahawks are thriving with letting Russ cook, but Antonio Brown doesn’t need a place at the table.