The Baltimore Ravens don’t seem to have a ton of needs remaining this offseason, but one more big addition to their offense could put the group over the top.
Right now, that’s just what the team is reportedly thinking about. According to Michael Silver of the NFL Network, the Ravens are one of a pair of teams considering adding Brown this offseason. The other is reportedly the Seattle Seahawks.
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) June 23, 2020
“The Baltimore Ravens, his cousin Marquise Brown is on that team. They have sniffed around in the past. They are mulling that over too. Internal discussions in both those franchises. Keep your eyes on Seattle and Baltimore.”
Brown has been close with the Ravens this offseason and does have the additional tie in with his cousin Marquise to rely on. Would that tip the scales in the end for the controversial wideout?
Antonio Brown Gets Lamar Jackson’s Blessing
Not much has been said on the issue since, but finally, Jackson has broken his silence on the matter and hinted that he wouldn’t mind seeing the wideout on his team for 2020. Speaking with BaltimoreRavens.com, Jackson was asked about the workout and his opinion on the team potentially adding Brown.
As he said, he wouldn’t have a problem with the Ravens adding Brown to the mix.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 21, 2020
“I’d be happy if they signed him. He’s a great player. He shows up each and every year. He was with the Steelers in the past, but it’s really not my decision,” he said.
In the end, the fact that the players were working out might only be a coincidence more than anything else. Marquise Brown plays for the Ravens and is related to Antonio. Since, there’s been no rumors of the Ravens looking at signing a free agent wideout, and talk has shifted to the team likely selecting a wideout in the draft.
Still, if there is a move to be made, Jackson wouldn’t mind Brown coming into the mix. It will be interesting to see how much that might alter the Ravens’ thinking on such a move.
Analyst Skeptical Ravens Sign Antonio Brown
While many think a signing could be in the cards after the highly publicized workout and other ties, it isn’t likely according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. As Hensley wrote, the Ravens are ignoring the wideout market this offseason for a pretty good reason, and it has everything to do with the players already on the roster.
“This social media connection will cause many to speculate that Antonio Brown is joining Baltimore. But the Ravens haven’t gotten involved in the free-agent market for wide receivers because it’s believed they feel the NFL draft is the best way to improve that position group this offseason.
The Ravens are expected to upgrade their wide receiver group in the draft; they have nine picks, including five in the first three rounds. In Baltimore’s run-heavy offense, its wide receivers totaled 115 catches last season, which were 22 fewer than any other team in the NFL. The Ravens’ top returning receivers are Marquise Brown, Willie Snead, Miles Boykin, Chris Moore, Jaleel Scott and De’Anthony Thomas.”
Indeed, the risks seem to outweigh the benefits in terms of the Ravens signing Brown. The wideout himself still has some major issues to iron out off the field, and the Ravens have young players they are committed to including Brown’s cousin Marquise Brown. The team could also prioritize a wideout at some point in the 2020 NFL Draft.
While some might think the Ravens will take a chance on Brown at this point, the team is reportedly at least willing to consider it.
Lamar Jackson Worked Out With Antonio Brown
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was video taped working out with Brown, and firing the controversial wideout and former Pittsburgh Steelers star some passes on the field. Here’s a look at some of their connections with the ball:
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 1, 2020
Obviously, Jackson and Brown working out together will make some waves in the NFL community, but there is some simple context. Marquise Brown, Antonio’s cousin, plays wideout for the Ravens. It’s probable that the family as well as the team connection led to this meeting taking place in the end between the parties.
Still, that won’t stop folks from wondering or dreaming of the potential of Brown teaming up with Jackson and the Ravens. It’s possible the only thing the team is missing is another elite pass catcher, and these guys getting together as well as the connections will only fuel the rumors that there is a potential fit with Brown from a football standpoint.
Antonio Brown Stats
Brown was an elite player for the Steelers for 8 seasons, racking up 7 Pro Bowls as well as 4 first team All-Pro nods for his work. The numbers were just as good, with Brown putting up 11,263 career yards and 80 touchdowns. Those stats put him with the elite of the elite at the position.
Brown, however, has generated a reputation as a troublesome locker room presence. His exit from the Steelers was well documented, as was his eventual release from the Las Vegas Raiders, as well as his signing and subsequent release from the New England Patriots. This offseason, Brown has found himself in the news again, with the police getting called to his Florida residence in January.
When he’s on, there is no doubting the former Central Michigan stud as being one of the best in the business. The only question at this point, however, is how much the 31 year old has the ability to be on.
The Ravens might be exploring that very question at the moment.