Antonio Brown 'Could Fit' in Ravens Locker Room, Says Cousin Marquise Brown

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2020

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown (15) runs on the field during the first half an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown said Wednesday that free-agent wideout Antonio Brown would be a welcome addition to the organization. 

Brown, a cousin of the former Pittsburgh Steelers star, joined Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in suggesting the seven-time Pro Bowl selection could help the team.

"I feel like he could fit in this locker room," Brown told reporters. "He's gonna go out there and give 100 percent and seeing guys like that is gonna make other guys do the same."

He added: "I been working out with AB since I was in college so I know he's a guy that's going to push you and he's a guy that's gonna take care of his body."

Jackson discussed the front office potentially making a play to sign Brown on multiple occasions in recent months after working out with him during the offseason.

"It was nice throwing to Antonio Brown," Jackson told reporters last week. "I was hoping we would get him. I'm still hoping, a little bit."

The NFL announced Friday it suspended Brown for the first eight games of the 2020 season because of multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy. He's eligible to sign with a team and participate in preseason activities before the ban formally begins Sept. 5 ahead of Week 1.

Brown was one of the league's best playmakers across nine years with the Steelers. He was named first-team All-Pro four times and led the NFL in catches and yards twice apiece.

The 32-year-old Miami native was traded to the Oakland Raiders last March but lasted just six months with the team before being released after conflicts with general manager Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden.

He immediately joined the New England Patriots and caught a touchdown in his season debut. However, he was released shortly thereafter when a federal lawsuit was filed accusing him of rape and further allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him in an article published by Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated.

Brown has been a free agent since the Pats let him go. He posted a statement on Instagram after the league announced the suspension:

"I look forward to new beginnings. I want to be the best version of myself on and off the field, and I will do my best to be a great teammate. I appreciate the NFL giving me the opportunity to continue to work on myself and improve.

"I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity to play a game that I truly love and I look forward to joining a new team soon. Thank you to my family and all those that have supported me. I will show the fans my appreciation for this second chance by having the best season of my career."

If signed by the Ravens, Brown would become the most accomplished receiver on the roster and could quickly take over as the team's No. 1 target once eligible. It's one of the few voids on the team's depth chart heading into the season.

Baltimore would then have a more complete group of pass-catchers with the other Brown, Miles Boykin, Willie Snead IV, rookie Devin Duvernay and tight end Mark Andrews.

It's unclear whether the Ravens or any other team has shown interest in signing Brown now that his status is solidified, though.