A reader in Jay Skurski's latest Bills mailbag wanted to know: "Do you think this regime can handle big-personality guys like Antonio Brown? The consensus is 50-50."
Skurski believes adding embattled Steelers receiver Antonio Brown would "undermine all the talk of culture mattering to Beane and coach Sean McDermott." Here's his answer in full:
"I think they can, but I question if they want to. I’ve thought a lot about the possibility of adding Brown over the last few weeks, and struggle to see how he fits here. If he wasn’t happy catching passes from a future Hall of Famer such as Ben Roethlisberger, how’s he going to react when Josh Allen overthrows him? On one hand, the addition of Brown would be an obvious upgrade to the offense – giving the team the best receiver that they’ve ever had. The red flags with him can’t be ignored, though. He quit on his team before a must-win game. You can roll your eyes at the culture talk that comes out of One Bills Drive all you want, but that has to at least be a concern. It would also undermine all the talk of culture mattering to Beane and coach Sean McDermott.
"Then there’s the issue of what the Steelers want in return. Brown publicly declaring he wants out certainly didn’t improve his trade value, but Pittsburgh ultimately controls his destiny. How much is a 31-year-old receiver, even one as talented as Brown, worth in a trade, particularly when considering the baggage he brings?"
The Bills certainly have a need for a player like Brown, who is arguably the most talented receiver in the world, though they don't seem to be alone in keeping their distance from him. GM Brandon Beane had some interesting quotes earlier this offseason relating to this situation.
For what it's worth, the website Bet Online gave the Bills 20-1 odds to land Brown in last week's update. The Cardinals, Packers and 49ers topped the list.
Davis injured in AAF: Former Bills defensive end Ryan Davis, who played for the team in 2017, was taken off on a stretcher after suffering an apparent neck injury during Orlando's AAF game on Sunday. Best wishes to the ex-Bill.
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