When it comes to controversial NFL players, few have stirred the pot as much as Antonio Brown. While he’s arguably one of the best wide receivers of the last 10 years, he’s also made headlines for off-field issues over the last several seasons.
Still, Brown wound up signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, helping them win the Super Bowl. Brown is now a free agent and looking for the right spot to continue his NFL career.
Bovada has listed odds teams who could potentially sign Antonio Brown. Currently, the Buccaneers are the favorites at -500.
Which Team Will Antonio Brown Play For Game 1 Of The 2021 Regular Season?
Odds via Bovada as of Tuesday, March 23
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -500
- Seattle Seahawks +450
- Baltimore Ravens +650
- Green Bay Packers +750
- Philadelphia Eagles +1200
- Indianapolis Colts +2800
- Jacksonville Jaguars +3800
Buccaneers Likely to Bring Back Antonio Brown
At -500, there’s a pretty good chance that Antonio Brown remains a Buccaneer. For starters, he has a good relationship with Tom Brady. It was the 43-year-old quarterback who recruited Brown to the Patriots in 2019 and then to Tampa Bay in 2020. While Brown could make a lot of money on the open market, he could also take a pay cut to try and win back-to-back Super Bowls with the Buccaneers.
Overall, after dealing with controversy for the past several seasons, Antonio Brown fit in well with the Buccaneers. In eight games last season, Brown had 483 yards and four touchdowns. While he may have started slowly in Tampa, he looked more comfortable as time went on. A full season with Brady could show the NFL how dangerous Brown still is.
Could Brown Play With Wilson in Seattle?
According to John Clayton of ESPN Radio, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson would like to see Antonio Brown join the team. Wilson made it public knowledge that he wanted the Seahawks to give the wide receiver a shot before he ultimately signed with the Buccaneers. At +450, there’s a decent shot at that happening before the 2021 season begins.
Brown would fit alongside DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to create one of the most dangerous receiving trios in the NFL. Wilson also threw for over 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns last season, meaning he could definitely feed the ball to all three receivers.
With rumors that Wilson wants out of Seattle, acquiring a player that he likes may help him stay put.
Packers Showed Past Interest in Antonio Brown
The Green Bay Packers were another team that kicked the can around Antonio Brown before he signed with the Buccaneers last season. ESPN insider Adam Schefter went on the Pat McAfee show in November 2020 and discussed how the Packers called Brown, but the conversation never went further than that.
The Packers lost to the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game this season. With Tampa having the second-best odds to win Super Bowl 56, the Packers will need to make moves to stay competitive in the NFC. Giving Aaron Rodgers the option of throwing to Davante Adams AND Antonio Brown could make things interesting in Green Bay.
Family Reunion in Baltimore?
The Baltimore Ravens have +650 odds of signing Antonio Brown, but why? It’s simple: family. Ravens receiver Marquise Brown is Antonio’s cousin. Signing in Baltimore would give the cousins their first chance to play together in the NFL. Marquise also made it known last season that he would like his cousin to be a Raven.
At the same time, quarterback Lamar Jackson also made a push for Antonio Brown last season. If he still feels the same way this year, a combination between family and a talented Ravens squad could be the deciding factor.