Each of the four teams still competing for a title in the NFL are offensive powerhouses. The Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams are all built around strong offenses, and while they play good defense (when have the Pats ever played bad defense?) they operate under the assumption that the best defense is a good offense. So, teams looking to improve next season are likely to look at the success of these four remaining teams and use them as a model. That brings us to the San Francisco 49ers.
After another lackluster, injury plagued season, the 49ers are likely to make some offseason moves to improve a team that went 4-12 in 2018. One possible move: trade for Antonio Brown.
In a radio interview with 95.7 The Game on Monday, Hall of Famer Jerry Rice was asked about Brown’s recent Instagram story featuring a picture of a FaceTime call between the two receivers.
“He wants to come [to San Francisco] really bad,” Rice said during the interview. “He’s talking about running the hill with me — doing all that and just working out and just picking my brain. I don’t know if it’s going to happen because it’s going to be up to [coach] Kyle Shanahan and also [general manager] John Lynch, but I’m all for it if they want him to come on board.”
If the 49ers were to acquire Brown, they could all of a sudden have one of the better offenses in the league. With Pro-Bowl tight-end George Kittle and Brown — who has recorded over 100 catches in six consecutive seasons — in the same receiving core, and Jimmy Garoppolo quarterbacking, there would likely be another contender in the NFC West.
Time will tell what the Pittsburgh Steelers decide to do with Brown, but for now, it’s fun to imagine the possibilities.