Antonio Brown is available. The embattled Pittsburgh Steelers wideout tweeted that all parties involved have agreed a trade from the Steel City would be best for everyone. Is the outspoken seven-time Pro Bowler too risky for even the bottom feeders of NFL offense, the Arizona Cardinals?
Let's look at the cons. Brown quit on his team in the regular season finale and has gone onto have a rant filled 2019 offseason. The 31-year-old has criticized his quarterback, Ben Roethlisburger and asked whichever team that deals for him to sign him to a new lucrative guaranteed contract.
Brown also has had some run ins with Johnny Law. He was found guilty of reckless driving after failing to appear in court. He is facing multiple legal cases in his native Florida including last month when he allegedly pushed the mother of his daughter to the ground.
The diva wide receiver also recently said
"If one of them (NFL) teams out there with the comradery bad, the energy bad, the players haters -- I don’t want to go there. I don’t want to go there. I don’t want to waste no time."
Do the Arizona Cardinals avoid that criteria in order to keep Brown happy?
As for the pros, Brown's play on the field is undeniable. He has six consecutive seasons with 100 or more receptions and has gone over at least 12-hundred yards in each every year reaching the century mark in catches.
He would immediately boost a Cardinals offense which finished dead last at 32nd in 2018. Wide receivers not named Larry or Christian only accounted for 46 catches, 482 yards and two touchdowns between Trent Sherfield, Chad Williams, J.J. Nelson and Jalen Tolliver.
NFL insider Tom Pelissero believes an A.B. trade may not command too high of a draft pick. The biggest question the Cardinals have to ask themselves is if the on-the-field reward outweighs off-the-field risk.