- Dez Bryant and Antonio Brown could shake up the NFL if signed over the final weeks of the regular season.
- While neither receiver has avoided controversy, Bryant’s maturation makes him the more attractive option.
- Brown’s status remains in doubt as a result of the NFL investigation into his conduct and his inability to step out of the limelight.
Two of the decade’s best receivers remain free agents with the NFL entering its stretch run. As Dez Bryant, in the final stages of recovery from a torn Achilles, prepares to make himself available to interested teams later this month, Antonio Brown is fully healthy, waiting for another franchise to give him a chance.
On football merits alone, Brown is certainly a more intriguing late-season addition than Bryant. He led the NFL in touchdowns a year ago, and made an immediate impact for the New England Patriots in September. But no professional athlete plays in a vacuum, insulated from problems of their own making.
Here are three reasons why Bryant will be signed before Brown – if the six-time Pro Bowler gets picked up at all, of course.
1. Antonio Brown’s Ongoing NFL Investigations
Antonio Brown’s ongoing investigations trump Dez Bryant’s off-the-field issues. | Source: Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP
Bryant hasn’t avoided off-field transgressions since rising to prominence with the Dallas Cowboys. He was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in 2012 for allegedly hitting his biological mother, and has twice been sued for tens of thousands of dollars as a result of non-violent misdeeds.
Still, Bryant’s legal troubles pale in comparison to those of Brown, in terms of both recency and degree. More important to a league that’s routinely overlooked off-field malfeasance,