ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter recently reported that the Tennessee Titans are one of three teams currently vying for the services of Pittsburgh’s perennial All Pro receiver Antonio Brown.
Oakland and Washington are the other teams reportedly interested in the disgruntled all-world talent.
If you’re general manager Jon Robinson then you must throw caution to the wind and do what it takes to bring Brown to Tennessee….
No more excuses.
After last year’s trade deadline, word surfaced that the Titans were “late to the party” for the services of Oakland’s top wide receiver, Amari Cooper. He was ultimately dealt to the Dallas Cowboys for their 2019 first round pick.
The Cowboys were a fledgling 3-4 team that struggled to score prior to Cooper’s arrival, and went 7-2 after the trade…earning a division title and a wild card playoff win.
When asked what he would be thinking when Oakland is on the clock with their first round pick next month, Cowboys front office executive Stephen Jones said that he will be watching Amari Cooper highlights.
He was that big of a difference maker.
Tennessee, who has struggled in the passing game the last few seasons, can ill afford to miss out again.
Yes, Brown is a diva. Yes, he will be vocal if targets aren’t coming his way. And yes, he showed flashes of immaturity throughout the entire 2018 season.
But he is also the only player in the history of the NFL with six consecutive 100 catch seasons, and accounted for just as many receiving touchdowns last season (15) than all of Tennessee’s receivers combined (16).
And he missed the regular season finale….but I digress.
If you are the Titans, then you know that you’re not in a position to nitpick and look for warts on supermodels.
Do you really want to win your first division title in over a decade? Are you tired of losing to Andrew Luck? Can you maintain your dominance over Jacksonville with Nick Foles under center rather than Blake Bortles?
Are you seriously looking to become a championship contender?
If you are, Tennessee, then you’re going to need elite talent. And Brown is the cream of the receiver crop.
Half of Brown’s 2018 production would have cemented a division title for the Titans, who came a game short of earning a wild card berth last season.
Offensively, Brown’s presence alone would make it difficult for opposing defenses to commit extra players to stopping the run (as they often did last season). And if they do, then Brown has proven to be unstoppable in single coverage.
The defense, which finished third in the league in points allowed in 2018, would also benefit from the extra scoring punch that Brown provides.
From a team chemistry perspective, you can count on flare ups from Brown throughout the season, but Tennessee’s locker room is full of veteran leaders like Delanie Walker, Taylor Lewan, Wesley Woodyard, Jurrell Casey, and Kevin Byard.
A far cry from the fractured and bickering Steelers’ locker room.
Ask yourself, Tennessee….is the player sitting on the clock at 19 going to have a bigger impact than Brown over the next two seasons?
If you’re not sold on Mariota after four seasons without a Pro Bowl, let alone an All Pro caliber receiver, then wouldn’t it make sense to pull the trigger and find out?
If you’ve tried the draft and develop young talent at receiver route and it hasn’t panned out the way you hoped, then what do you have to lose by trying something else?
All valid questions.
Head coach Mike Vrabel recently proclaimed that it was time for the franchise to break out of the middle of the pack….
Antonio Brown is a player that can help you do that, and he is within your grasp.
No more excuses.