Antonio Brown made headlines in 2021 when he stripped down during a game against the Jets and left his team.
The move cost him millions in incentive pay 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.
Reminder that Tom Brady & Antonio Brown are living together, and we currently don’t have MTV cameras there.
— Mark Ellis (@markellislive) November 6, 2020
But today is a different story, as Floyd Mayweather offered any NFL team $20 million if they sign Brown.
However, Mayweather’s offer has a catch.
Mayweather Isn’t Just Giving An NFL Team $20 Million Up Front
With his deal, any NFL team signing Brown would need to pay him $20 million up front for the year.
They would only get the $20 million from Mayweather if Brown flakes during the season.
However, some NFL fans can take the offer he made seriously.
— Freddi Flinnistoni (@NewSenseNelly) April 16, 2022
The deal is a hard ask for someone whose antics are dubious in his life.
NFL teams think things through before giving out 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-tier NFL receiver.
No one can take away his ability on the field as a talented receiver.
However, his past makes signing him to any contract a liability.
Sure, some fans would love to have Brown on their team’s roster.
But with the baggage he brings along with him, it might not be worth the trouble.
OR they could not 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 trouble range from sexual assault allegations to having 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 feed didn’t you big bad AB?
Nothing but a toddler in big boy clothes you won’t ever play another down in the NFL.
— Jay (@rorrimanikool) January 22, 2020
So his past weighs heavily on his NFL future.
Is Signing Brown For $20 Million Worth It For An NFL Team?
Weighing the options some teams have, it’s hard to give Brown this amount of money.
Also, signing him to a $20 million deal takes a lot away from a team that they could use on other players.
Even if Mayweather pays the $20 million, the team could have spent it on a better player without the baggage Brown brings.
There are too many downsides to signing him onto an NFL roster.
He needs to work on himself first before any team can commit to him.
That’s not a knock on his talent, it’s the reality of his need to fix his personal issues foremost.
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’s dealing with will take time to overcome.
However, when he’s ready to come back, he will be an elite player any team could use on their roster.