Could the Minnesota Vikings be interested in the controversial wide receiver?
Hours into the start of the 2020 free agency period, Stefon Diggs made it pretty clear that he wanted the Minnesota Vikings to send him somewhere else. Diggs made some posts to his Twitter account that indicated his unhappiness with the Vikings and shortly after these tweets were made, he was on his way to becoming a member of the Buffalo Bills.
During the majority of his tenure with Minnesota, Diggs was never really much of a distraction. He wasn’t ever afraid to speak his mind on certain topics and he played with a fire on the field, but his actions typically didn’t end up disrupting the Vikings focus during the season.
However, that changed a bit in 2019. Diggs caused a big stir when he decided to skip a practice last year, which he said was a result of him dealing with a “cold”. It immediately created a ton of unnecessary drama that probably could’ve been kept in the locker room if not for his decision to be a no-call, no-show.
Would the Minnesota Vikings be interested in signing Antonio Brown?
After getting rid of Diggs and his distractions this offseason, the Vikings went out and used their first-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft on former LSU receiver Justin Jefferson. Despite Jefferson’s potential to make an immediate impact as a rookie, one person believes Minnesota could still use a receiving upgrade and there’s one player who could be the guy to fill the role.
Mountain believes it would be a good move for the Vikings to sign Brown since it would allow Jefferson and some of their other young receivers to develop at their own pace.
This is certainly an interesting suggestion, but it seems extremely unlikely. After witnessing Brown’s ugly departure from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders, there are very few teams who are willing to take a chance on the veteran receiver right now.
Brown is also facing a possible suspension from the NFL whenever he re-enters the league due to some off-the-field run-ins with the law. It’s just a situation Minnesota and Mike Zimmer likely aren’t trying to get involved in right now.
Sure, Brown is a former All-Pro and yes, he probably would be an upgrade over Jefferson. However, the off-the-field risk and the potential to be a major distraction just isn’t worth the Vikings making any sort of effort in signing the veteran pass-catcher.