Today Josina Anderson, who once asserted that Howard Eskin has “zero knowledge” of who her Eagles source really is, reported that the NFL will meet with Antonio Brown and sort out of his off-field issues:
I'm told Antonio Brown is currently scheduled to meet w/ the NFL in person next Wednesday, at this time. My understanding is Brown is eager to present his side & that there r teams still interested in signing him pending the resolution of the league's investigation, per sources.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) November 7, 2019
She later clarified that the meeting will take place next Thursday, not next Wednesday, which should mean squadoosh to Eagles fans, because Antonio Brown should be nowhere near the Delaware Valley.
For starters, the Birds have done a relatively good job of keeping troublemakers off their roster and running a clean program. Nigel Bradham, who clocked a cabana boy in the face a few years back, is probably the biggest violator in the club. Otherwise, you’re looking at Lane Johnson’s PED suspensions and Fletcher Cox’s home wrecking lawsuit as perhaps the only other “unscrupulous” activities taking place. Chris Long smoked some weed, but in other news, water is wet and the sky is blue. Typically, guys like Josh Huff and Daryl Worley have gotten the quick hook down at NovaCare for their respective transgressions.
And don’t undersell the importance of that. One of the things that was nice about the Super Bowl win was that the Birds did it with a group of guys who were genuinely likable, from Nick Foles to Jason Kelce and Stefen Wisniewski. Brandon Brooks overcame anxiety issues and Malcolm Jenkins was lauded for his off-field charitable endeavours. Regardless of your political and religious affiliations, and the manifestation of the Colin Kaepernick and White House non-visit situations, I think most of us would agree that the 2017 and 2018 squads were filled out by decent dudes.
Antonio Brown doesn’t fit the bill. We’re talking about a guy who bailed on the Raiders, found himself accused of rape, make a big stink about his fucking helmet, and almost froze his feet off due to a cryotherapy mishap. He lasted less than two weeks with the New England Patriots, which should be the biggest red flag of all. If Bill Belichick can’t absorb that personality into the locker room, then it ain’t gonna happen here.
And regardless of what happens with legal proceedings, the NFL can suspend Brown anyway. That’s another risk you run, though of course you could just cut the guy and move on in the same way New England did. It just seems to me like the guy is clearly unstable, like a ticking time bomb waiting to go off again.
Bringing in AB doesn’t match what the Eagles typically do from a personnel standpoint. It’s a desperation move for a 5-4 team that isn’t good enough to win a playoff game anyway. Don’t sell yourself out for a selfish head case of a receiver. The dude is a total mess.