The Antonio Brown apology tour around the NFL is in full force and he’s aiming at a potential return to the Raiders. While he obviously burned bridges with the team when he left, Brown still seems to think he could get a chance to wear silver and black in 2020.
He took to Twitter recently and essentially said as much also.
Considering he ran around screaming “I’m free” when he got the news the Raiders were releasing him, it’s becoming clear that he may be hoping for an opportunity to take that back.
Brown isn’t the only one wishing the Raiders could go back to before all of the drama. One of the team’s biggest weaknesses in 2019 was their lack of a top wide receiver. If he stuck around, the Raiders would’ve had a really good shot at getting into the playoffs.
Mike Mayock Shuts Down Possibility
Brown revealed recently that he’s been having conversations with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. The specifics of those conversations are private, but it’s interesting that they’re talking. However, it doesn’t appear that those talks have anything to do about a potential reunion. Speaking at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, general manager Mike Mayock all but buried any potential rumors of Brown making a comeback in Las Vegas.
“Antonio had his time with the Raiders and I think his time is up,” Mayock said on Tuesday.
For those who have forgotten, Mayock was the chief recipient of Brown’s wrath as the wide receiver reportedly threatened to attack the general manager and allegedly called him a racial slur. Brown has yet to publicly apologize directly to Mayock, so there’s no reason to believe that it’s entirely in the past. Gruden has the final say on the roster, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll undermine his general manager by adding a player as volatile as Brown. If Brown wants Mayock to change his mind, the first thing he needs to do is issue a public apology.
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Would It Be Worth It to Give Brown a Chance?
It seems highly unlikely Brown actually ever plays for the Raiders, but it’s fun to speculate. If the wide receiver takes a team-friendly contract that’s loaded with incentives, it could interest the silver and black. Brown is still an elite talent and getting him on a discount could make a huge difference for a team. However, he’d have to prove that he’s focused on reviving his NFL career and ready to get back to work.
That’s a really big proposition for Brown as he’s made headlines with whatever team he’s on. He’s showing humility now, but as soon as he gets back on a field and averages 150 receiving yards and two touchdowns a game, it’s unknown how things will play out. Even if he does everything the Raiders want him to, they should still avoid adding him to the roster, as it’s simply not the direction they would be wise to go currently.