Antonio Brown made headlines in 2021 when he stripped naked during a game against the Jets and left his team.
The move cost him millions in incentive bonuses with the Buccaneers.
He would later complain about Tom Brady and his role in not passing the ball to him enough times.
However, the story was different when the team made it to Super Bowl 55.
Brady and Brown actually lived together during the team’s Super Bowl championship run.
Recall that Tom Brady and Antonio Brown live together, and we currently don’t have MTV cameras there.
—Mark Ellis (@markellislive) November 6, 2020
But today it’s a different story, as Floyd Mayweather offered any NFL team $20 million if they signed Brown.
However, Mayweather’s offer has a catch.
Mayweather doesn’t just give an NFL team $20 million
With his agreement, any NFL team signing Brown would have to pay him $20 million upfront for the year.
They would only get Mayweather’s $20 million if Brown collapsed during the season.
However, some NFL fans may take the offer he made seriously.
— Freddi Flinnistoni (@NewSenseNelly) April 16, 2022
The case is a tough ask for someone whose antics are questionable in his life.
NFL teams think before making offers to players like it’s candy.
A deal with Brown would be no different, regardless of Mayweather’s offer.
A talented player with a dark past
Brown is a top NFL receiver.
No one can take away his ability on the pitch as a talented receiver.
However, his past makes signing any contract a liability for him.
Of course, some fans would love to have Brown on their team’s roster.
But with the baggage he brings with him, it might not be worth it.
OR they couldn’t sign AB and save the headache and 20 million?
—Brad Taylor (@bradtaylor2002) April 15, 2022
Unless Brown shows he’s changed his ways, it’s hard to put a team at risk with him on the roster.
Some of his issues range from allegations of sexual assault to possessing a fake COVID-19 vaccine card.
He was also suspended for eight games because he attacked a moving truck driver.
What kind of punk attacks a moving truck driver and then hides from the cops?
You sure had a lot to say to the cops the other day on your live stream, didn’t you big bad AB?
Nothing but a toddler in big boy clothes, you’ll never play another in the NFL.
— Jay (@rorrimanikool) January 22, 2020
His past therefore weighs heavily on his future in the NFL.
Is signing Brown for $20 million worth it for an NFL team?
Given the options some teams have, it’s hard to give Brown that amount of money.
Also, signing him to a $20 million deal takes a lot away from a team they could use on other players.
Even if Mayweather pays the $20 million, the team could have spent it on a better player if not for the baggage Brown brings.
There are too many downsides to signing him to an NFL roster.
He has to work on himself first before a team can commit to him.
It’s not a knock on his talent, it’s the reality of his need to fix his personal issues first.
If he can’t do that, it would be a short-term waste of money signing him to a contract.
It would also be a waste of Mayweather’s money because Brown isn’t mentally ready for the NFL now.
What he is dealing with will take time to overcome.
However, when he is ready to return, he will be an elite player that any team could use on their roster.