With the Oakland Raiders granting Antonio Brown’s request of releasing him, the talented, yet controversial wide receiver is now a free agent and is free to find a new home.
Any NFL team that is interested in Brown should definitely want to sit down and make sure that he isn’t going to be a distraction the way he’s been over the last nine months from his departure in Pittsburgh to the fiasco that was his time with Oakland.
He is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and these five teams could use his services should they take the chance.
Dallas Cowboys ($22.6 million in cap space)
They’re talking Super Bowl down in Dallas with the extension of Ezekiel Elliott but outside of Zeke and Amari Cooper, there are question marks surrounding Dak Prescott’s offensive weapons. Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb are decent but can they provide enough to help get Dallas over the top? The potential addition of Brown would solidify the wide receiver room and leave no excuses for Prescott in his contract year.
Jacksonville Jaguars ($9.7 million in cap space)
The Jaguars are in a tough AFC South division with the Texans, Colts and Titans and brought in Nick Foles this offseason to upgrade the quarterback position.
Surrounding him his third year running back Leonard Fournette and weapons like Dede Westbrook and Marquise Lee. The financials would be complicated but adding Brown into that offense would give the Jaguars a legitimate shot at not only the division but also a dark horse threat in the AFC alongside New England, Kansas City among others.
New England Patriots ($9.1 million in cap space)
Everyone in the sports world seems to be linking the two parties together. Bill Belichick has dealt with “diva” wide receivers in his past including Andre Rison, Randy Moss, and currently with Josh Gordon.
If Belichick can convince Brown and his agent Drew Rosenhaus to follow the “Patriot Way”, this would be the nightmare across the NFL world pairing Brown with “The GOAT” Tom Brady.
San Francisco 49ers ($21.4 million in cap space)
The 49ers have added a lot of talent since John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan have taken over the franchise but Jimmy Garoppolo lacks a top target in the wide receiver room.
They tried to get Odell Beckham before he was dealt to Cleveland and currently they have Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis as their top wide receivers. Brown wouldn’t have to move very far from Oakland and help an emerging team in the NFC potentially sneak into the playoffs in 2019. It would also alleviate some pressure off emerging star George Kittle who is currently the top weapon in the 49ers offense.