I know this sounds crazy, but let me ask the question.
Would Antonio Brown sign to a team’s practice squad and earn his way onto the 53 man roster?
I feel deep down inside the NFL does not utilize their practice squad the way they should be this year. The NFL changed the rules on the practice squad this year so you can have several players with veteran leadership on their practice squad. They can call up two players every week to their active roster, but teams are not really using it like that.
One team made a smart decision to add a veteran to their practice squad and stash him there as their backup quarterback. That as the Eagles. The Eagles signed Josh McCown the 41 year old veteran quarterback. The Eagles used their roster right. They stashed a veteran there and if another team poaches him they have the right to sign him to their active roster.
Well right now, Antonio Brown has a suspension that will last eight weeks. Brown’s suspension stems from his no contest plea to burglary and battery charges from a January incident in Florida, and accusations he sent intimidating texts to a woman who accused the receiver of making past unwanted advances toward her.
Brown’s new agent Ed Wasielewski confirmed that Brown has accepted his suspension and won’t appeal, and added that Brown “is excited to resume his outstanding football career and is looking forward to playing in the 2020 season.”
You see, if a team is in need of a wide receiver they can sign Antonio Brown to their practice squad. This costs the team barely anything. There is a little commitment because they do not have a huge contract. Any player including veterans can be signed to a practice squad deal. The problem is would Antonio sign a practice squad deal?
I mean if you are a GM you have nothing to lose to sign Antonio Brown to your practice squad. There is no risk and only rewards to doing so. If another team poaches him off the practice squad you would have the first right to sign him. This would be a humble approach for Antonio Brown to prove he really wants to play in the NFL.
If I was Antonio Brown’s agent, I am not selling him to a team for a roster spot. I am selling him for a practice squad spot. I am telling my client, if you want a shot in the NFL you have to prove it. We know you can play but can you be a good teammate? Can you help your teammates and follow suit? If you can then you can earn a shot. If not you, have fun at home.
WILL HE DO IT? That is the biggest question.