Considering Brown ended his first season in Tampa Bay by holding the Lombardi Trophy, it’s fair to say that the Buccaneers’ calculated risk paid off. Brown, the veteran receiver who caught a touchdown in Super Bowl 55, is set to hit free agency this offseason.
Even if Brady and the Buccaneers want to bring him back, Brown might be better off pursuing a family reunion on the Baltimore Ravens.
Antonio Brown revived his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
At this time a year ago, Antonio Brown’s NFL career appeared over.
Brown appeared headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the 2018 season ended, even with some attitude problems he had while on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then came several controversies, including legal problems, that left Brown a free agent in September 2019.
After a year of Brown creating havoc off the field and receiving an eight-game suspension for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy, he finally got his chance in October 2020. On advice from quarterback Tom Brady, Tampa Bay took a chance and signed Brown, a four-time first-team All-Pro selection.
Brown turned 45 catches into 583 yards and four touchdowns in eight games. Across four postseason games, Brown hauled in eight catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
Brown caught five passes for 22 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 31-9 victory over Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55.
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens were interested in Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown is not only a Super Bowl champion, but he could soon be a popular name on the free agent market.
Although Brown turns 33 in July, he proved this past season that he can handle a lesser role in a team’s offense. Brown only topped 70% of the Buccaneers’ offensive snaps in three of the eight regular-season games.
Before the Buccaneers signed Brown, it appeared that Lamar Jackson and the Ravens could contend for the troubled receiver’s services. Brown and Jackson, the Ravens’ star quarterback, had worked out together in the past.
Brown’s cousin, Marquise, is a receiver on the Ravens. Baltimore never brought Brown in for a tryout, though, and he eventually went to Tampa Bay.
Brown needs to have a family reunion with the Ravens
Antonio Brown needs to strongly consider signing with the Baltimore Ravens if they actually show interest this time.
From an on-field perspective, Brown cemented his legacy by winning Super Bowl 55. In addition to being a prolific receiver, Brown will soon have a ring on his hand.
Baltimore needs receiver help, and Brown remained productive at age 32. A family duo of Antonio and Marquise Brown — who turns 24 in June — would instantly become one of the NFL’s most intriguing duos, especially if the latter finds his footing after an inconsistent sophomore season.
With that said, all 32 teams should approach Brown’s free agency with caution. According to NFL Media, a civil lawsuit against Brown — who is alleged of rape and sexual assault by his former trainer — is scheduled for Dec. 6-17, 2021.