I don’t flip flop on many things, but I have found myself going back and forth on the Titans acquiring Antonio Brown. So I thought I would just write a post with all of my thoughts on the subject. I still don’t know how I feel about the subject completely, and I have no idea if this post will come to a conclusion on it or not. We talked about it on last night’s Locked On Titans. You can listen to that discussion here.
Let’s get a few things out of the way first off- Yes, he is a million times better than anything the Titans currently have on the roster. Yes, he would give the Titans some swagger in the receiver room that they really do need. Yes, he is a complete shift in what they have done at wide receiver since Jon Robinson took over as the GM.
With all of that being said, the baggage here cannot be ignored. He quit on his team last year with a week to go when they still had playoff hopes (I know it was a long-shot, but they were technically still alive). Brown destroyed a locker room so much that everyone in their building went on record talking about how bad he was. They didn’t even care about torpedoing his trade value.
You also cannot overlook the fact that he will be 31 years old when the 2019 season kicks off. It is safe to say that his best football is behind him. Now, see above that where he is now is still a ton better than anything the Titans have, but I think expecting him to come in here and be the best receiver in football is a little bit foolish. Don’t believe me? Read this from Matthew Freedman of The Action Network. There is a lot of good stuff in there.
There is also the fact that Brown is on record saying he wants a new deal. You can live with the cap numbers that he currently has, but he wants more. How much are you willing to invest in a 31 year old wider receiver?
So apparently I have come to a conclusion. If the Titans can trade a day 2 pick for Brown and he is happy with his current contract, then I think it is a deal they should do. HOWEVA, since we know that he isn’t happy with his current contract, this is probably something they should pass on.
What do you think?