With the NFL season here, somehow the news cycle revolves around Antonio Brown drama. The controversial wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders has decided to stir the pot even more than he has already by going on the assault against general manager Mike Mayock. It’s been a bad year for Brown and it looks like all the negative things he’s done may finally catch up to him.
Adam Schefter reported that the Raiders could get rid of Brown and not have to pay him his guaranteed money. This is huge because it would mean that Oakland has all the leverage here. If Brown gets cut, there’s no way another team is going to pay him the money the Raiders planned on paying. While cutting their best player just before the season starts isn’t ideal, the Raiders could have options if they plan to show Brown the door.
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A.J. Green Could Want to Leave a Bad Team
A.J. Green may be on the downside of his career and has dipped in production due to injury, but he still can be one of the best wide receivers in the league when healthy. The Cincinnati Bengals are poised to be one of the worst teams in the NFL and there’s no reason they should keep an aging Green around during a total rebuild. His injury status is up in the air, but he could be a productive sidekick for Tyrell Williams. Plus, he shouldn’t cost the Raiders too much. Maybe a third or fourth-round pick does the job.
Dolphins Don’t Need DeVante Parker
Speaking of teams in complete rebuilds, the Dolphins are selling off all of their best assets. They should be one of the worst team in the NFL in 2019 and are just trying to accumulate draft picks and young talent. DeVante Parker wouldn’t be the replacement for Antonio Brown that Julio Jones would be, but he could be a decent number two to Tyrell Williams. Parker is a decently productive receiver and the Raiders could get him for really cheap. No, he hasn’t ever eclipsed 800 receiving yards, but Oakland shouldn’t expect to find another Antonio Brown to fall on their lap.
Keelan Doss Could Come Home
This move seems like it could be very possible. Keelan Doss was a preseason star for the silver and black and just barely missed the cut. He made his way to Jacksonville to play on the Jaguars’ practice squad. The Raiders could sign him to the active roster, no problem. Truth be told, Oakland probably isn’t ready for the playoffs even with Brown on the roster. If the front office feels that way, they should invest in youth and not splurge on a Julio Jones or A.J. Green.
Doss has a lot of potential. He probably won’t turn into an All-Pro level player, but it’s always good for a team to have talented young players on the roster. Obviously, Doss wouldn’t come close to replacing Brown, but why not give the hometown kid another shot if there’s a roster spot open?