This one is still intriguing even if its execution would mean that we’d have to talk several Philadelphia Eagles down from the ledge.
If the Eagles don’t want to kick the tires on Matthews, there are other options in what remains of the free-agent market. If the “Birds” take a gamble, why not go all-in with All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown? Yes, the mercurial playmaker has burned bridges everywhere he’s gone, but if he’s really gotten the help that he needs from an emotional standpoint, why not give him a shot? If it doesn’t work out, Philly could quickly cut off their losses and move on.
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The city of Philadelphia would be welcoming a playmaker that has caught 841 passes for 11,263 yards and has 75 touchdowns in his career. It wasn’t long ago that Brown was seen as someone that was on his way to the Hall of Fame if he maintained course, and if anyone’s been paying attention, he’s been posting videos of himself working out and he still looks to be in great football shape.
Signing Brown would be the ultimate gamble, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Even if the Eagles haven’t gotten to that point yet, they could use Goodwin’s departure as an opportunity to upgrade a wide receiver corps that won’t have Alshon Jeffery out of the gate after the Eagles placed him on the PUP list at the end of July.
Another factor working against Philly signing Brown is the fact that the league is investigating instances of misconduct by the wide receiver. He’s free to sign with any team at any time, but the league could come up with a verdict at any moment and suspend him.
For the moment, there isn’t and there haven’t been any reports linking the Eagles and Brown, but if they are looking to improve their wide receiver situation, the former All-Pro wide receiver could provide plenty of upside. Update: Since the publishing of this story, thanks to a report, we now know that A.B. has been suspended by the league for the first eight games of the 2020 season. He isn’t expected to appeal.