Why trading for Antonio Brown makes sense for Packers
Antonio Brown has officially requested a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers. There will be a number of teams that will go after him, but there are only a few teams that make sense to land him.
And while it might be somewhat of a longshot for the Green Bay Packers to trade for Brown, it makes a ton of sense to go after All-Pro receiver.
Let's go back to 2017. The Pittsburgh Steelers receiver sat down with Jacob Feldman of Sports Illustrated and Feldman asked Brown who is his favorite QB to watch during a bye week.
"Aaron Rodgers," Brown said. "I love the way he scrambles and how he plays the game—he always makes great decisions with the ball."
So Brown is a fan of Rodgers and the Packers are in need of a receiver who can complement Davante Adams who recorded 111 receptions, 1,386 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season. Speaking of Adams, the Packers star receiver lobbied for Brown to win MVP in 2017. Brown had a very productive season, registering 101 receptions for 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns. His receiving yards led the NFL and he also recorded 109.5 yards per game which led the league.
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Ultimately, the reason the Packers should make a trade for Brown is the coaching staff and front office. With Matt LaFleur entering his first season as the head coach and Brian Gutekunst entering his second season as general manager, the pressure is on both of them to get the Packers back on track as they have won only 13 games the last two seasons. Brown doesn't guarantee the Packers a trip to the Super Bowl, but it will give the offense a much-needed spark after being inconsistent the last two years.
Brown has had his issues with the Steelers, but he has been one of the top wide receivers in the NFL for the last six seasons. He has been named to the Pro Bowl seven times, he's been selected to the All-Pro First Team four times and he's led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards twice. In 2018, Brown finished the year with 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns which led the NFL.
"The Packers have been at their best in the Aaron Rodgers era when they've had multiple pass catchers capable of filling the No. 1 role. Davante Adams is certainly an elite-level talent, but adding Brown would give the Packers the most explosive 1-2 punch in the league. That said, Brown would need to get along with Rodgers and embrace the values of an old-school football community. If the Packers can get the mercurial pass catcher to agree to those terms, they certainly have enough ammunition (two 2019 first-round picks) and cap space to acquire the perennial Pro Bowler."
It's understandable if the Packers don't consider trading for Brown. However, Aaron Rodgers having Brown and Adams to throw to as well as Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams in the backfield will make his life a lot easier which only means good things for Green Bay.
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