Late Thursday night, six simple words set the sports world on fire — Antonio Brown to the Houston Texans. According to Ben Stevens of Locked On Big 10, the Texans are in talks with Brown as a possible landing spot. Stevens continued in his tweet, no deal is on the table yet, but the Texans are doing their due diligence.
The news of a possible Brown to the Texans signing comes a week after Kevin Patra of NFL Network reported that the seven-time Pro-Bowler was in talks with both the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens.
After an abominable year that saw Brown appear in one game as a member of the New England Patriots, the 31-year-old wideout is seeking another chance to continue his NFL career in 2020.
Over the past week, several quarterbacks around the league have taken the time to work out with Brown — including his fellow teammate Tom Brady in Flordia. In March, Brown had the opportunity to work alongside Texans’ star Deshaun Watson during an offseason workout with rookie receiver Jerry Jeudy and high school sensation Peter Zamora.
If Bill O’Brien — the Texans head coach, and general manager — comes to terms with Brown, his signing would be the franchises’ most significant move in what has already been an eventful offseason in Houston. Brown would automatically take the helms as the Texans No. 1 receiver following the departure of DeAndre Hopkins — who was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for running David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick in March.
With Randall Cobb and Brandin Cooks coming in as Houston’s recent acquisitions, Brown’s signing could produce a situation where the Texans could trade either Will Fuller or Kenny Stills. Each receiver could be used in a deal to land an additional star or draft picks — especially since Houston is still in the running to make a move for Jets’ disgruntled defensive back, Jamal Adams.
In 2019, the All-Pro wideout recorded four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, along with a five-yard rush in the Patriots’ 43–0 road victory against the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots released Brown a few days later following additional allegations of personal misconduct. As of now, no major news source has confirmed the Brown and Texans rumors.
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