Antonio Brown Sports His Cousin Hollywood Brown’s #5 Ravens Jersey; Is He Going to Be Lamar Jackson’s New WR1?

Published 05/01/2022, 3:00 PM EDT
TAMPA, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 09: Antonio Brown #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts after beating the Dallas Cowboys 31-29 at Raymond James Stadium on September 09, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Is the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown returning to the NFL? With his latest Instagram post, Brown has again sparked rumors of joining the AFC North team Baltimore Ravens. The star was wearing his cousin Hollywood Brown’s #5 Ravens jersey and shared the photograph on his Instagram handle.

Marquis ‘Hollywood’ Brown got traded to the Arizona Cardinals along with the 100th pick in this year’s NFL draft. With him joining a new team and Brown donning the old jersey, will Lamar Jackson get a new No. 1 wide receiver in the form of Antonio Brown?


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Antonio Brown always had an inclination toward Baltimore Ravens

Recently, the former Super Bowl Champion, who is now venturing into the music industry, surprised his fans with an Instagram post. He shared a few pictures of him wearing the #5 jersey of his cousin Hollywood Brown. These pictures led the fans to speculate about his potential return to the NFL with the Lamar Jackson-led Baltimore Ravens.


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It is not the first time Brown has been linked to Baltimore. Last year in April, Hollywood Brown was seen working out with his cousin Antonio Brown and Jackson at a gym in South Florida. He posted a video of it on Instagram. Additionally, in May 2020, AB added more fuel to the rumors of signing with the team by wearing a Ravens uniform on Snapchat.


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Earlier this year, on his appearance at the “I am Athlete” podcast, Antonio Brown was asked which quarterback he wanted to play for next. “Let’s give Lamar Jackson his flowers,” Brown said. “Shout out to Lamar Jackson. That’s it. Lamar Jackson is a great quarterback. Not only him throwing the ball, the dynamic of him playing, the excitement.” Brown added to his short explanation.

The only question that remains is whether the franchise will sign a player having so many controversies in the past. Since Brown dramatically left the field in the Week 17 game against the Jets, no teams have signed him for the upcoming season. With Lamar Jackson losing a star wide receiver this off-season and Antonio Brown available in the market as a free agent, the chances are too high.


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Lamar Jackson was shocked to lose Hollywood Brown

A dramatic twist to this year’s draft came on the first day itself after the Baltimore Ravens decided to trade Hollywood Brown and the 100th overall pick to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a 23rd pick. However, it seemed that Lamar Jackson had no clue about the trade. Taking to Twitter, he wrote “w*f.” He was in utter disbelief to lose a wide receiver of Brown’s caliber from the team.


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In his three years tenure in the NFL, Brown has 195 receptions for 2,361 yards and 21 touchdowns as a pro. It will be interesting to see if this becomes an opportunity for his cousin Antonio Brown to kick-start his journey in the NFL again.

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