Antonio Brown has drawn some attention to himself yet again in the past few days with his social media posts. He has made it very clear the he is still in great shape and wants to play in the NFL, and has even expressed interest in returning to the New England Patriots.
In an Instagram live video on Wednesday, Brown stated “if anybody follows the Patriots, tell them to call me. They still have to pay me, so might as well let me earn it”. He then followed that up with this instagram picture:
Take it how you will, but to me this picture represents AB reminiscing on his short time with the Patriots.
On the other side of things, it is highly unlikely that the Patriots would ever bring Antonio Brown back. All the brought was media attention that was focused on things other than football and after he was released, he attacked team owner, Robert Kraft via twitter. He burned a bridge that I do not believe can be repaired. The one guy on the team that was not happy with the release of Brown, was Tom Brady. He tried to go out pf his way to make sure things between AB and the Patriots could work out. Unfortunately for him, that relationship only lasted 11 days.
I do not see Brown returning to the NFL this season for a couple of reasons. First of all, he caused a lot of drama with three different teams and left all three on bad terms in less than a year’s time. He made an absolute mess of the Raiders and made head coach, Jon Gruden look like a fool. Gruden is another person who went out of his way to stick his neck out for Brown and make things work out for them, but Brown was so caught up in himself that he couldn’t do it. Brown is also still dealing with multiple accusations of sexual assault/harassment even though we have not heard much about it recently.
I think a year away from football is good for AB. He seems to be dealing with some stuff internally that may benefit from a year of rest. He is still one of the most talented players on the planet, but has acted very irrationally in the last year. For his sake, I hope he finds himself and gets back to being that electrifying receiver he once was, without all the noise.