Antonio Brown is in the midst of an in-depth apology tour as he appears to be pursuing a return to the NFL. While the off-field trouble began well before he joined the Raiders, the wheels really came off after several months with the team. After a very intense confrontation with general manager Mike Mayock, the team decided to let him go and it’s been a downhill spiral for the former All-Pro from there.
Brown was recently arrested for allegedly assaulting a mover. It appears that he’s attempting to turn things around following the latest situation. With that said, it remains incredibly unlikely that the Raiders would have any interest in bringing him back, but the wide receiver had a pretty surprising reveal on Complex’s Load Management.
“I was just talking to Jon Gruden [today], might I say,” Brown said on Wednesday when asked if he’d consider returning to the Raiders. “I don’t know how it’s going to go, but who knows? And if they want to bring it back, we’ll think about.”
Brown burnt a lot of bridges on his way out of Oakland. He not so subtly threw shade at Derek Carr and Mayock in the past and it’s very likely that one or both of those two will still be with the team in 2020.
Brown & Mike Mayock Drama
Brown has apologized to the New England Patriots and Ben Roethlisberger directly in the past but hasn’t apologized to the Raiders. Mike Mayock was the person who got the worst of the receiver’s time in Oakland. Brown allegedly threatened to attack Mayock and called him a racial slur.
If Gruden wants Brown to come back to the team, it’s tough to envision Mayock entertaining that idea. Players were reportedly happy when he left, so it’s unlikely they would be thrilled if he returned.
While it’s a good step that Brown has been showing some humility, teams would potentially take a huge risk if they signed him to any type of decent-sized deal. He may be one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, but the distraction he could bring to town with him has to be a major factor.
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Brown Wants to Play With Tom Brady
One thing Brown hasn’t been shy about since he was jettisoned from the New England Patriots is his love for Tom Brady. Despite the fact that Brady will be 43 years old when the 2020 season starts, Brown wants to go wherever Brady plays.
“Hey Tom, I appreciate you so much, bro,” Brown said to Complex. “I would’ve had 2,000 yards, but they brought down the movement. Wherever Tom goes, I think I want to play with Tom. 2020, Tom to AB. 20 touchdowns, 25 maybe.”
There are rumors about a potential Brady-to-Raiders move and that would make things really interesting. It wouldn’t be surprising if Brown started pushing hard to join the Raiders again if they added Brady. However, it seems unlikely the team adds one of those players, let alone both.