It remains to be seen if Antonio Brown will play another down in the NFL. The mercurial wide receiver has been linked to the Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks at varying points this offseason, but would another team potentially roll the dice on the seven-time Pro Bowler?
What about, say, the Los Angeles Rams?
“Absolutely,” Hall of Fame wide receiver Isaac Bruce said on The Zach Gelb Show. “You’re talking about one of the premier wide receivers from the past decade that we have, a guy that was very productive, I think a guy that has started to make the 180-degree turn that’s required to be a part of that team – which I feel he wants to be. We’ve done some things in the past, reached out and got guys that other people [thought were controversial] and brought them in the fold.”
The Rams traded Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans this offseason but return Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. Woods and Kupp each had 90+ catches for 1,100+ yards last season. They are very good receivers.
Brown, though, is perhaps the best receiver of his generation.
“I think Les Snead should reach out, see the interest and maybe bring him in at least for a workout,” said Bruce, who played for the Rams from 1994 to 2007. “But a guy of that caliber, you have to work this guy out because he’s a hard worker, great work ethic, he’s very productive, and I think he’ll challenge the people in his room and take the Rams to a different level.”
Brown, 32, has been all over the place – literally and figuratively – over the last year-and-a-half. He went from the Steelers to the Raiders to the Patriots to unemployed. He has announced his retirement multiple times, yet still seems interested in playing.
Why the change of heart?
“I think football has probably been a part of his life probably from his youth,” Bruce said. “I’m talking from maybe 8 years old, he’s been playing football every fall. So just to have that taken away from him, that tends to make the person sit down and just reflect on career choices, life choices and just the results and the fruit that you bore. So I think from that standpoint, anybody being in their right mind can make life adjustments to do something that they love to do.”