The Oakland Raiders have released wide receiver Antonio Brown after a week that included getting in a fight with his general manager and (illegally?) recording head coach Jon Gruden on what appeared to be a private phone call.
The Raiders have released WR Antonio Brown from the team today.— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) September 7, 2019
Brown isn’t subject to waivers so he becomes an unrestricted free agent at 4:01pm EST on Saturday and can sign with any team he wants to.
Should the Jacksonville Jaguars try and sign him?
The case for signing him
Brown is a playmaker and one of the most gifted wide receivers in the NFL. The Jaguars offense is — to put it mildly — devoid of playmakers and anyone you’d call the best at what they do. If Brown is willing to sign a short term deal in hopes of using Jacksonville as a spring board to a long term contract, why not?
Jacksonville’s offense also doesn’t have a wide receiver currently on the roster that can stretch the field and test a secondary like Brown. Adding him completely changes their offense for the better and upgrades the weapons around newly signed Nick Foles — something that’s shown to be a necessity to Foles succeeding whenever he has throughout his career.
The case for not signing him
In short, he’s unstable and unpredictable. And if he demands a larger pay day now as opposed to a short term springboard, it could jeopardize the chances that Jacksonville can lock up both Jalen Ramsey and Yannick Ngakoue on long term deals.
Also, some of the same things that are apparently triggering Brown in Oakland would happen in Jacksonville. Executive VP of football operations Tom Coughlin has thrown players under the bus in postgame statements and gone after guaranteed money both past and present.
What do you think? Should the Jaguars go after Antonio Brown? Would he be a welcome playmaker on an offense without any? Or would he clash with the team and front office? Let us know in the comments below!
Should the Jacksonville Jaguars sign Antonio Brown?
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