Antonio Brown had a historic meltdown during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Week 17 win over the New York Jets. That has been well documented up to this point. While there has still been a significant level of confusion as to what sparked Brown’s rant on the field, that hasn’t stopped people from chipping in on what they think this means for AB and his future NFL career.
Most recently, former All-Pro linebacker Shawne Merriman expressed a grim opinion on the matter. He believes this incident is enough to end Brown’s career entirely.
Shawne Merriman believes Antonio Brown’s NFL career is over
When speaking to gambling.com about Brown’s situation, Merriman made no bones about it. He flatly said “no” when asked if he felt Brown would have another chance with a new NFL team.
“No,” Merriman said. “People say you can have second chances, no. Don’t do that. ”Because you know what? If you’re a great talent, the NFL will take care of some off-field problems. They will do it. But they won’t deal with the problems on the field because the field affects the way you play. It doesn’t matter how cool you are; If he’s unavailable due to his actions on the field, it doesn’t matter how good he is.
Early in the conversation, Merriman expressed some level of sympathy for the situation. He called Brown a “certified Hall of Fame member” and declared, “We just saw someone destroy everything they worked for.”
It’s hard to disagree with Merriman’s points regarding Brown. The former Buccaneers wide receiver is an elite talent, no one doubts that. However, his frequent antics have cost him the opportunity for a truly outstanding career. Without a doubt, it is the case of someone who destroys everything for which he worked.
The Buccaneers officially launched AB on January 6
After the Jets game, there was some confusion about Brown’s official status with the Buccaneers. Head coach Bruce Arians claimed he was cut immediately after the win, while the transaction cable claimed otherwise.
However, after a few days of work limbo for AB, he was officially released on Thursday, January 6.
Technically speaking, Brown is free to sign with a team of his choice in the future. Several playoff-bound teams could use an extra boost at wide receiver. Yet as Merriman asserts, it’s hard to imagine an organization willing to give it another second chance.
Tampa Bay (with Tom Brady) really felt like AB’s last chance for NFL redemption.
What’s next for Antonio Brown?
In the future, the road is quite murky for Brown. Questions have already been raised about a possible NFLPA situation between Brown and the Buccaneers. If Arians tried to get Brown to play injured, some legal problems could arise due to the Bucs releasing him.
However, the Arians side of the story is quite different, and Brown prancing across the field as he left has everyone struggling to believe he was significantly hurt.
Either way, Brown’s path back to the NFL will be long and challenging if he decides to take that path. He would have to show notable character changes to convince an NFL team to pay him real US dollars. In the meantime, you can always work on your rap career.
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