NFL teams have barely paid attention to Antonio “AB” Brown since making headlines with his impressive debut in the Tampa Bay Buccanneers-New York Jets game in January.
Mayweather joined The Pivot Podcast and New York Yankees legend Alex Rodriguez for a roundtable on athletes and business. Since retiring from the ring, Mayweather’s business has been nothing more than a promoter, so he took the opportunity to defend the former Pittsburgh Steelers star, who remains a free agent.
“AB, he is still young, so I feel, AB, he has a lot of things left in football; at least another four years,” Mayweather said. “Super fast, he exercises regularly.”
Mayweather wants the teams to know that not only is his friend still in football, but he’s also betting on Brown to behave himself wherever he may be.
“I think AB is really misunderstood and he just wants to be treated fairly,” Mayweather said on The Pivot on April 8. “This is for any teams watching right now: We’re going to make a deal with them. If they sign AB and AB go through the whole season, no problem, they have to give us $20 million. But if he does it wrong, we have to give them $20 million. If any team wants to fit that, you know, contact us. “
Since being dumped by the Bucs on January 6, Brown, 33, has been surrounded by famous athletes like Mayweather and the two seem to have a budding relationship.
“AB was shocked at my speed,” Mayweather said when discussing his relationship with Brown. “I am as fast as any other player of my age because I take care of my body, and I push him to be better. I push him to be great. What we talk about is real.”
No doubt plenty of friends and family have pushed Brown to be “better” in the past, and that’s not stuck from a professional behavior standpoint.
How many more chances will the NFL give Antonio Brown?
NO with AB
While a wide stethoscope is a necessary position for the Pittsburgh Steelers, you won’t find them sniffing around Antonio Brown. Head coach Mike Tomlin has been there, done it, and is excited for Brown to be another team’s headache going forward.
The Steelers have lost more than half of their wide studio in free agency. Longtime vet JuJu Smith-Schuster went to Kansas City, James Washington went to the Cowboys and Ray-Ray McCloud signed with the San Fransisco 49ers.
There’s no denying that the Brown is one of the hardest working receivers to ever play the game, with a production to match.
But the question since he got off the tracks in Pittsburgh and was traded to the then-Oakland Racing Team has been: Is Brown’s talent worth the baggage that comes with it?
Just a few weeks after Brown’s stunning performance at MetLife Stadium, Brown has moved on I am a PASSION podcast to declare his desire to play for Raven and Lamar Jackson.
Since then, Brown has hinted at signing with the Cleveland Browns. It could be a pipeline for Brown because it’s hard to imagine Cleveland carrying more baggage than they already have with Deshaun Watson.
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