Antonio Brown would not be practical for Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers are all set at wideout.
I know the chances of getting him are slim-to-none. However, I feel as though given my previous statements, I must make amends for them and explain myself. I do not want former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown on the Carolina Panthers. At the time I wrote a certain piece, it seemed like a perfect match. Now however, that does not appear to be the case.
Back in June, I wrote about how in Antonio Brown-Cam Newton team-up would be perfect for the Panthers offense. That was before the emergence of Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore. That was also before Antonio Brown became an expensive had case. For what it’s worth, last season was the first time in his career that he really claimed the public spotlight in a bad way. He made no bones about the fact that he wanted out of Pittsburgh, and with any luck, he may get his wish sooner rather than later.
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When I wrote the article about Brown and Newton being a dream connection, I had no idea that Samuel and Moore would be as effective as they would be. At the time, they still lacked weapons at receiver and we did not yet have a clear picture of how the rest of the wide receivers would turn out.
For what it’s worth, Samuel and Moore both played well. Samuel would finish the year catching 39 passes for 494 yards and five touchdowns. Moore would catch 55 passes for 788 yards and two touchdowns. Those two provided a glimpse of what is to come (hopefully). At this point, I would rather have those two than Brown. They are familiar with the system and are less of a headache at this point.
Look, there is no denying Brown’s talent. He has been one of the best receivers in the game for a number of years now. However, in addition to his strong personality, his contract is not doing him any favors either. He is due $12,625,000 in base salary and a roster bonus of $2,500,000. That is a lot of money to have to take on in a trade. For reference, the Pittsburgh Steelers said Tuesday that they agreed with Brown that it was “time to move on.” If that doesn’t say that a player is available, I don’t know what does.
It would not be practical for the Carolina Panthers to go after Brown. Receiver is not one of their pressing needs and carries a lot of baggage both in contract and in attitude. Again, there is no doubt that he is a tremendous player. The Panthers just need to spend their money elsewhere.