The Houston Texans should just stay away from Antonio Brown and not make a trade for him.
Antonio Brown wants out of Pittsburgh, and he took to Twitter to prove so. Naturally, Houston Texans Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, Instagram and Myspace (?) took up the topic. Some suggested that the duo of Brown and DeAndre Hopkins would be the best wide receiver combination ever, and that could be true.
However, it shouldn’t happen and here are three reasons why.
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First, there is a reason for Brown’s likely trade and not only has he requested it, but his recent behavior has also been a headache for the Steelers. While bleaching his mustache is merely cosmetic, it is a bit of an odd fashion choice. A domestic disturbance involving Brown is a bit more real. He was also found guilty on reckless driving in a Porsche at 100 mph, recently.
Brown’s headaches don’t just happen outside of the organization. Not playing in the Steelers’ 2018 regular season finale with playoff implications was a surprise for the team. Factoring his disagreement with the team, per Aditi Kinkhabwala, starts to paint a much more clear picture of the situation.
His twitter feud about Ben Roethlisberger with a former Steelers employee consisting of a comment saying “Trade me let’s find out,” makes the situation that much more concerning.
His RotoWire page consisting of news of him on and off the field is worth a peek if you want to learn more about Brown’s off the field issues. Remember, the Texans organization has long been one that doesn’t tolerate off the field antics.
Second, father time is still undefeated. It is as simple as that. Brown is one of the best wide receivers in the game, but that does not mean he will be invincible to father time. Brown will be 31 by the start of the 2019 season. Despite having a game predicated on route running that could age gracefully, betting against the aging process isn’t something a team wants to carry on for three years.
Lastly, the Texans don’t need him and have bigger holes to fill. Not only is Hopkins equal to or better than (depending on whom you talk to) Brown, but he is also four years younger. Young receivers Will Fuller and Keke Coutee have shown that they can be excellent complementary pieces when healthy.
Acquiring Brown would also likely take at least a second round draft pick. For the Texans, losing a valuable draft pick for a premium position isn’t something they can risk as the offensive line and cornerback groups could both be improved upon both through the draft and free agency.