If not Antonio Brown, who’s left for the Philadelphia Eagles to work out?
If the Eagles don’t want to gamble on Brown, there are other less risky (and less-talented options on the market. Paul Richardson and Taylor Gabriel are currently free agents and have shown playmaking prowess in the past, but their injury histories may be the cause of why there’s been a lack of interest in both parties.
Wait! did someone say injury history? That alone should draw the interest of the Eagles organization and vice president/general manager Howie Roseman. We’re just kidding (kind of).
Richardson peaked with the Seattle Seahawks back in 2017. He hauled in a career-high 44 catches for 703 yards and six touchdowns. He then signed with Washington the following season. Right out of the gate, he suffered a shoulder joint sprain and was eventually shut down for the season. 2019 wasn’t any better for Richardson as he, again, missed the last five games of the season. So far, there hasn’t been much interest in his services.
Gabriel isn’t very different from Richardson. He’s been the most productive and steady player of the two, but just like Richardson, his career has been hampered by head injuries, something no one wants to see. He’s suffered four during his time in the NFL. He’s been productive everywhere that he’s gone, and he’s caught at least 28 passes every year. Again, those concussions are likely the treason that teams are refraining from inquiring about him.
The regular season is still a month or so away, and again, their best course of action may be seeing what John Hightower and Quez Watkins bring to the table. They’re far from a conundrum, but if you think financial setbacks and a potential shrunken cap (or team cap issues) in 2021 are going to keep good old Howie from going shopping, think again. Don’t rule out the possibility of him at least inquiring about any of the aforementioned wide receivers.