Mike Mayock spoke at the NFL Combine on Tuesday, and one thing was made very clear, Antonio Brown would not be returning with the Las Vegas Raiders.
It is no big secret that the Las Vegas Raiders need to upgrade the wide receiver position, as the plan was for Antonio Brown to hold the WR1 for years after they traded for him last offseason. However, AB’s tenure with the organization was a rocky one, and he was released by the team prior to Week 1.
To be clear, Brown never played a single down with the Raiders, though you would never know that based on his social media. He has been all over wearing the Silver and Black, including a post on Monday in which he stated he was wearing the Raiders hate in hopes of a second chance.
Speaking at the NFL Combine on Tuesday, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock put to rest any chance that the team would be interesting in bringing Brown back. Mayock stated that Brown had his time with the Raiders, and that his time is up.
While the team needs help at wide receiver, Brown is certainly not the answer, and it will be interesting to see if any teams kicks the tires on him for the 2020 season. Sure, he is a talented player, but he made an incredible amount of mistakes starting this past offseason with the Raiders, and wore out his welcome in Pittsburgh, Oakland, and New England.
The Raiders will be in the market for a wide receiver in free agency, and in the draft, where they hold two first round picks. Luckily for the team, this draft class is loaded at talent at the position, and a move for a WR1 would enable them to move Tyrell Williams to WR2, and keep Hunter Renfrow in the slot.
Quarterback Derek Carr threw for over 4,000 yards in 2019 while completing over 70 percent of his passes, all the while doing it without a true WR1. Towards the end of Brown’s tenure in Oakland, he made remarks regarding Carr and his brothers, so as long as DC is under center, I do not see the team bringing AB back.