Before You Ask … No, Antonio Brown Isn't Worth It for the Eagles

Updated: Friday, Sept. 20, 5:55 p.m.: Antonio Brown has been released by the Patriots. What we wrote below still stands.

No. Before you ask, no. No, no, no. No, no, no.


The Raiders released Antonio Brown on Saturday after quite a saga this summer in which he screwed up his feet, threw a hissy fit about his helmet, missed practices, got fined, posted about his fine on social media, threatened to hit the GM, apologized, posted a phone call with his head coach and then asked for his release, which the Raiders granted.

So before you even ask, no. The Eagles should not be interested. Not at all.

The Eagles have a strong locker room culture they care about. And they think that  locker room culture can absorb just about anything. But it can't absorb everything.

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This would be like having a standard pair of handcuffs and expecting them to hold a monster. Ain't gonna work.

And the Eagles care about that culture so much they wouldn't risk it to bring in someone who could completely decimate everything like he just did in Oakland even before he hot-air-ballooned his way into training camp. Before they bring in anyone, the Eagles assess the risk. They shouldn't need to assess this one too long. It's not worth it. Not even for a Hall of Fame-caliber player.

Besides all that, the Eagles don't need a receiver. They are four deep with Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor and JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Heck, the only way this offense is going to work this year is if all their skill players buy in and don't let their egos get in the way. At this point, Brown is ego come to life.

Really, I'd question any team that brings in Brown right now. The upside could be great; he's a tremendous player. But chemistry is important too. That's how the Eagles won their Super Bowl in 2017, a bunch of guys buying in, working toward a common goal.

Antonio Brown is all about himself.

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