Should Colts take risk on Antonio Brown after Floyd Mayweather’s offer?
Could the Indianapolis Colts explore signing Antonio Brown after an interesting offer to NFL teams by his friend Floyd Mayweather?
The Indianapolis Colts have already addressed a lot of the major holes their roster had. They got Yannick Ngakoue at defensive end, Matt Ryan at quarterback, and now Stephon Gilmore at corner.
One thing that hasn’t been addressed is the wide receiver room. That may actually be the most troublesome spot for an otherwise super talented team.
All signs point to the Colts taking a receiver early in the NFL Draft but there are still veteran free agents that can also help. Jarvis Landry and Julio Jones have frequently been discussed but there’s one more guy that hasn’t been in the conversation.
That’s Antonio Brown. He’s rarely brought up as an option because the last time he was on a team he left the field mid-game, shirtless. While there are conflicting stories from Brown and former Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians about what led to that moment, it was one of the latest incidents that put Brown’s NFL future in question.
Now, Brown is receiving help from his friend, Hall-of-Fame boxer, Floyd Mayweather, to try to get back into the league. On an episode of “The Pivot” podcast, Mayweather talked about his relationship with AB and laid out an offer to any NFL team.
The deal is: if a team signs Brown and he does something to get released, Mayweather would give the franchise $20 million. However, if AB makes it to the end of the season, the team owes Brown and Mayweather $20 million.
Could Colts sign Antonio Brown in an odd deal with Mayweather?
In the latter half of his boxing career, Floyd’s nickname was Money Mayweather and his financial standing is well documented, so he’s probably good for $20 million. However, it’s unclear how legal a deal like this is in the NFL.
It is possible, though, that the Colts could explore signing Brown. It will be a gamble because of his track record and the fact that he still needs surgery on his ankle but one thing that AB has proven is that he can play football at an elite level.
In the last two seasons with Tampa Bay, Brown played in 15 total games and caught 87 passes for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns. Through injury and controversy, he displayed that he was still one of the league’s top receivers.
A player of his caliber is something the Colts need and with Brown’s current circumstances, he will likely be signed to a deal worth less than his production level.
Does that mean Indianapolis will go after him? Probably not. Knowing how Chris Ballard and the Colts do things make an Antonio Brown signing extremely unlikely, even with Floyd Mayweather offering money.