Receivers that Washington should consider signing after the Kelvin Harmon injury
Not Considered: Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon
Okay, so any conversation about the receiver market is going to include these two names, and with good reason. Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon are very talented players and could help any team improve their receiving corps.
However, both come with major concerns that, at this time, make them poor fits in Washington.
Let’s start with Brown. Last season, he was traded by the Pittsburgh Steelers to the then-Oakland Raiders in hopes of Brown becoming their No. 1 receiver. Instead, he bickered with the front office, caused issues off the field, and never played a down for them.
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Following that, Brown landed with the New England Patriots and looked good in one game against the lowly Miami Dolphins. But off-field issues there cost him his job. He was accused of sexual assault and after that accusation, he sent intimidating texts to his accuser. That prompted the Patriots to cut him. Since then, he hasn’t been on an NFL team.
Brown is clearly talented but he’s not worth the trouble at this point. Any team that takes him in would have to have a strong culture and be closer to winning it all. Washington is just starting to build a new culture under Ron Rivera and doesn’t figure to be a playoff team in 2020. So, passing on the headache that Brown is makes sense at this point.
As for Gordon, he is skilled but can’t stay on the field. He has played just 33 games since his epic 2013 season and is facing another indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Gordon can’t be relied on. Washington needs reliable players who can stay on the field and provide the team with depth behind their young starters. Gordon might be able to do that, but asking him to last a whole season is asking a lot. It just might not be worth the risk for Rivera and Co. as they try to implement their culture.
Both of these players are a big “no” from me. They’re certainly talented enough to play at the NFL level, but they don’t fit what Washington needs at this point.