Antonio Brown

If Antonio Brown can come back to the Oakland Raiders and produce that he will be an impact on the field. It will just take Brown to accept the new helmet he is required to wear.

Antonio Brown is the best thing that has ever happened to Hard Knocks. The star wide receiver requested a trade out of Pittsburgh during the offseason, was traded to the Buffalo Bills but said he wouldn’t go there, then got traded to the Oakland Raiders. He has now, according to reports, claimed that he would not play football again unless he can use his old helmet. To most people on Twitter, this is something funny, to our host George Templeton it is not.

What makes the story even better is that Antonio Brown previously stated that he didn’t have to play football again. It seems like he means it now and that he truly won’t play again.

Jadeveon Clowney and Yannick Ngakoue end holdouts

For the Houston Texans, they get their star pass rusher, Jadeveon Clowney, back to the team after he decided to end his holdout. Clowney has gotten 29.0 sacks and 64 tackles for loss. He has also played in 62 if his potential 80 games in the regular season. Clowney no doubt deserves a new contract, and with how the NFL is today, he will get one. If it is from the Texans is a whole other story. According to Spotrac.com, Clowney has a market value of $16.6Mil annually and the potential of a 6-Year $100,117,848 contract. The Texans could franchise tag Clowney one more time if needed, and then he would be a UFA in the 2021 offseason.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are dealing with a whole different situation. They have spent big in free agency for years now and will need to keep spending to keep Yannick Ngakoue. Once again, according to Spotrac.com, Ngakoue is potentially valued at $17.9Mil and a potential contract of a 5-Year $89,780,825. The difference between the two players is age and statistical value. Ngakoue has .5 more sacks (29.5) than Clowney and has done it in three years compared to Clowney’s five. Clowney will also end the season at 27 years old to Ngakoue’s 25.

It will be fun to monitor is Antonio Brown comes back to the Oakland Raiders by the time either pass rushers get a contract.

Questions from the podcast team

Do you think the Antonio Brown helmet situation is for Hard Knocks? Who would you pay out of Yannick Ngakoue and Jadeveon Clowney? Do you think that Antonio Brown will truly retire if he can’t wear his helmet? Is what Antonio Brown is doing good for the NFL?

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