Texans Won’t Rule Out Antonio Brown

After an 0-2 start, the Texans are open to all avenues for improvement. That apparently includes controversial free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown. On Friday morning, head coach Bill O’Brien didn’t dismiss the possibility of signing AB.

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I would never discuss anything in that regard,” O’Brien told reporters (Twitter link via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle). “Right now, we’re very satisfied with what we have. You never say never to anything. I don’t anticipate anything whether that player or any other player.”

From a football perspective, the Texans could surely use Brown. Between their losses to the Chiefs and the Ravens, the Texans have fallen short by a combined 31 points. Life without DeAndre Hopkins is hard, as many expected. Receivers Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb were brought in to help fill the void, but, so far, they’re not quite clicking with plays from offensive coordinator Tim Kelly.

Even if the Texans wanted to bring in Brown today, they’d have to wait another six games before getting him on the field. Still in the midst of his suspension, Brown is also busy with more legal matters. Just recently, a Florida judge ordered Brown to turn over text messages and other evidence pertaining to a civil suit from a woman who accused him of rape and sexual assault.

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  1. bigeasye

    This is like re-runs of law and order. Whenever there’s nothing to report, let’s talk about a team that hasn’t ruled out signing AB. The only difference is most people like watching law and order re-runs when there’s nothing else on tv.

  2. tjbarnaba

    Cooks had almost a 100 yards last week… is that not clicking? Or is it just fun for know nothing journalists to jump on the bandwagon of ripping on the Texans?

    • wagner13

      Nobody is “ripping” on the Texans. Those stats are empty calories as anyone who has watched Houston play can attest to. The Texans have struggled to consistently move the ball and are definitely missing Hopkins.

      That said, bringing in Brown would be incredibly moronic and panic-driven

      • DarkSide830

        they had to play two of the two top teams in the league? not saying they’ve done all they could, but was there any chance they won either of those games unless they were firing on every single cylinder?

    • Oooof

      You’re judging by total yardage in a game where they never had a lead and trailed from the first quarter on? Roughly two thirds of his yards came on two plays. That’s not a great way to measure chemistry.

  3. jmccoy1252

    So you get rid of Hopkins and consider bringing in Antonio Brown? Maybe O’Brien can coach but his personnel decisions have been awful.

  4. Oooof

    O’Brien would rather wait for someone else to sign AB so he can trade a draft pick for him.

  5. letmeclearmythroat74

    Goes to show he was a product of Steeler system and he doesn’t have the mental make up to handle adversity on other teams. I believe if he would have just shut up and stayed in Pittsburgh he’s still be a top 10 receiver. Somewhere along the line a sense of entitlement became more important that team accomplishments and now he’s on the street

    • Oooof

      They gave Ben Roethlisberger $37.5 million new guaranteed money as a 37 year old with a track record of terrible behavior, but other guys should only care about team accomplishments? These guys have a short window to maximize their earnings. Often the only way for players to negotiate is to air out dirty laundry and complain, then they get criticized for doing that. Great system for the owners. The owners get the team accomplishments and never have to compromise their own personal earnings out of some sense of loyalty or team spirit or whatever.

    • DarkSide830

      you’re really blaming the Steelers for this? the guy is insane in the purest sense of the word.

      • Oooof

        Brown seems like bad news, don’t get me wrong. But they’ve also built their team and payroll around a sex criminal, so I don’t like the idea that they get to define people’s character. Not wanting to always play nice with your employers isn’t crazy.

        • Oooof

          Basically, I’m perfectly convinced that Brown is a locker room nightmare, but I’ve also watched so, so many star NFL players get painted as crazy or locker room cancers because they want new contracts, which makes me skeptical of buying team narratives of what players are like. They create their own excuses not to pay people and poison their reputations. It’s not uncommon to watch those guys thrive elsewhere. I don’t think that will be Brown, but we’ve watched an awful lot of the same stuff get said about other people, and it’s not like the Steelers can pretend sexual assault allegations indicate a character problem that’s dealbreaking for them.

    • forwhomjoshbelltolls

      Remember when people said Tomlin was a bad coach because he couldn’t keep Brown in line?

      Instead of realizing he’s a great coach who managed to get elite production from a raving lunatic.

  6. GoLandCrabs

    They really traded Hopkins because they were weary of paying him… then went out and traded for an overpaid Cooks.

    • bestno5

      O’Brien would trade Watson to the Lions for Matt Patricia so you cannot count out him signing AB. But it would be the O’Brien thing to do to sign him with 8 games left which would mean AB would serve his 8 game suspension then

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