Antonio Brown may have a potential home in Baltimore, or at least Lamar Jackson thinks so.
After originally suggesting his retirement, Antonio Brown seems to be plotting a return to the NFL. Unnecessary drama in Oakland and a period in New England marred by sexual assault allegations have put his career in a difficult place,. Despite team’s aversions to him, many quarterbacks would love the opportunity to throw to Brown.
Lamar Jackson feels that way, hoping the Ravens take a chance at Brown, not just because of his receiving abilities, but his locker room presence. Yes, his locker room presence.
Speaking to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Jackson talked about how he enjoyed throwing to Brown over the summer and is hoping the team signs him. That all makes enough sense, but then comes the shocking part.
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"He’s the type of guy we need in our locker room and I feel like the locker room here is different from any other locker room. It’s a brotherhood going on … none of that outside noise …"
When you think of Antonio Brown, “guy we need in our locker room” is not the first thing that comes to mind. Jackson seems to be implying that Brown was turned on by his team in the past, and that the same would not be the case in Baltimore.
Considering the Ravens’ success and Brown’s recent behavior, he is not the type of guy Baltimore needs in their locker room.
Coming off a 14-2 season in which Jackson earned the MVP award, that doesn’t seem like a locker room troubled by any issues. Brown’s on-field talent may be something Jackson desires, but it simply isn’t worth risking the solid ground Baltimore sits upon right now.
They said things would be different in Oakland and New England, yet they were not. Jackson can say the same about Baltimore, but history tells us that Brown’s arrival may end up bringing more harm than good. That is the last thing the Ravens need when they should have their eyes set on the Super Bowl. The team they have now is ready to accomplish that.