Mike Florio

Mike Florio: If Patriots don’t sign Antonio Brown, 'somebody else will’

Mike Florio: If Patriots don’t sign Antonio Brown, 'somebody else will’

There’s no better port in an NFL legal storm than Mike Florio’s.

The ProFootballTalk founder and talking head on NBC’s Football Night in America helped us make sense of the countersuit filed by Antonio Brown this week against his alleged victim Britney Taylor when he came on Tom Curran’s Patriots Talk Podcast.

Brown’s situation seems to be building to some kind of crescendo in the past week. He met with NFL investigators last week. Earlier this week he — out of nowhere — apologized to Patriots owner Robert Kraft for the “bad media” he caused when he lit into the owner following his September release. And now, the countersuit which Florio said hinges on a confidentiality agreement. Florio also reported that Brown’s camp is “optimistic” the mercurial wide receiver’s name will be cleared by the league.

If that happens, the specter of Brown being placed on the NFL’s exempt list should disappear and teams will stop treating him as if he’s radioactive.

The crescendo would be Brown rejoining the Patriots.

Discussing that, Florio said, “I’m not so sure the Patriots will bring him back.”

In order for the Patriots to bend, Florio said, “If the NFL were to issue a statement that said, ‘We’ve investigated this situation, no criminal charges were ever filed. No criminal charges will be filed. A lawsuit was filed. We’ve spoken to the alleged victim. We’ve spoken to him. We’ve investigated any of the other leads that are out there and we’ve decided there is no violation of the personal conduct policy,’ that changes everything.

“And then the Patriots could bring him back in theory,” Florio added, “if they were willing to let bygones be bygones over the dumb things that he said on social media about Robert Kraft.”

When weighing the possibility of Brown being available, Florio said it’s not just about whether or not the receiver can help New England.

“Here’s the other side of it, and this is a very important dynamic,” Florio pointed out. “It comes down to how badly you want to win Super Bowl No. 7 for the Patriots. Because if you don’t sign him, it’s not an up-or-down, binary choice where it’s either, ‘We have him or we don’t.’

“There’s a much more important net loss here. And that’s if you don’t sign him, somebody else will,” Florio warned. “Somebody else may be the Ravens or the Chiefs. Or some other team you’ll have to deal with in early February. Maybe you see him in the Super Bowl. Maybe he’ll be playing for the Seahawks then. So that’s where the Patriots really need to think long and hard about whether they want to deal with Antonio Brown on another team. Because it’s not, ‘We either use him or we don’t use him.’ It’s, ‘Either we use him or somebody else is gonna use him and make it harder for us to try and do what we’re trying to do.’ ”

Listen to the whole conversation with Florio here. We also spoke on the pod to Mark Leibovich, who wrote "Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times," a book which highlighted the fascinating rivalry between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

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Tom E. Curran: Josh Gordon 'showing signs of undependability' before Patriots released him

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Tom E. Curran: Josh Gordon 'showing signs of undependability' before Patriots released him

The Patriots parted ways with oft-troubled receiver Josh Gordon this week, releasing him after initially placing him on injured reserve. 

As NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran noted here last week and again on Friday in a conversation with Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, it was Gordon's dependability - or lack of it - that again became an issue before his time with the Patriots ended. 

“He was showing signs of undependability,” Curran told Florio.

It is, of course, an issue that has dogged the receiver throughout his career and manifested itself in multiple NFL-mandated substance-abuse related suspensions. The talent was never in question, though his production (20 catches for 287 yards in six games) had begun to slip.

For the complete Curran-Florio discussion, watch the video below.

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Report: Rumors flying Jets pursuing Peyton Manning as GM

Report: Rumors flying Jets pursuing Peyton Manning as GM

Jets are gonna Jet.

Amid reports of furniture-tossing dysfunction that led to the dismissal of their general manager earlier this week, Mike Florio of NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk reports that the Jets are pursuing a big name and "great strategic thinker" to pair with new coach Adam Gase and replace the fired Mike Maccagnan.

Enter Peyton Manning?

From Florio:

Rumors are flying within league circles that the Jets may make a run at the future Hall of Fame quarterback who has periodically been linked to NFL management possibilities. And Gase, who worked with Manning in Denver, possibly would be one of the few guys who could draw Manning back into football.

“It’s more than a talent-evaluation guy,” Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said Wednesday. “I want a great manager, a communicator, who can collaborate well with the building. I’m convinced we’re going to find that person.”

So, while his brother Eli may be exiting MetLife Stadium soon as Giants quarterback, Peyton would be entering as the guy to resurrect the Jets, work with Gase (who was QB coach and offensive coordinator with Manning with the Broncos), mentor second-year QB Sam Darnold and break the Patriots' stranglehold on the AFC East.

The big IF, of course, is if Manning, 43, who retired after leading Denver to the Super Bowl title after 2015 season, is indeed interested in the job. He's been pursued as a TV analyst, most recently turned down ESPN's offer to join the "Monday Night Football" booth and is the host and executive producer of “Peyton’s Places”, a series looking at the 100-year history of the NFL that will air on ESPN+ this summer.

 

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