It remains to be seen whether Antonio Brown will play another down in the NFL, but that’s a bet that Super Bowl champion and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson wants no part of.
“The NFL, they like to have you, but they don’t need you,” Woodson said on The Zach Gelb Show. “They’ve been around for a long time. They love to have the talent, and he’s a talented player. The perfect scenario for him is that the NFL does expedite their investigation, they don’t find any wrongdoing, they clear him to play – there might be one or two teams that might take a chance on him. But it would be for the league minimum with a lot of incentives.
“But I think that’s hard to fathom at this point,” Woodson continued, “especially where we’re at with the pandemic, with all the other question marks that we have. All the teams are going to say the same thing: ‘Why bring [in] a player like that who [has] so much baggage? Even though he does have a bright spot when he does play, he has so much baggage coming into the locker room that it might fracture what we’ve been trying to build.’”
Brown has worked out with Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson in recent months, as the Ravens and Seahawks reportedly have interest in signing the 32-year-old.
“Pete Carroll, he’s savvy,” Woodson said. “He’s been around for a long time. He’s been able to handle very volatile players with different opinions on how they view themselves. I think he’s done a wonderful job with that. So I wouldn’t be surprised if he did go to a place like that. But again, I just think in the immediate future – where the NFL is headed, trying to figure out if they’re going to go to training camp – I think it’s going to be highly unlikely that he’ll be on a roster this year.”
If Brown’s NFL days are over, is he a Hall of Famer?
“I think you’re going to put him in the same category of Terrell Davis, who had a short career because he got injured, not because it was self-destruction,” Woodson said. “You’d think the way he played and the numbers he put up in the time frame that he played that he [has] a very strong argument to be in the Hall of Fame. But we know how voters are. Voters do hold a grudge. Even though he’s never been very hostile toward reporters, voters still hold that grudge of things they’ve done off the field for some odd reason when they started voting for the Hall of Fame. Is he worthy of it? I think it’s a very strong argument. I’m not a voter, so my thought and my opinion really doesn’t matter. But I now he’s played well enough and is just as good as a lot of receivers who are already in the Hall of Fame.”