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How Antonio Brown to Patriots impacts the Eagles

Eliot Shorr-Parks
September 07, 2019 - 5:35 pm

Of course. 

From the moment the Oakland Raiders decided to release receiver Antonio Brown on Saturday afternoon it seemed a foregone conclusion that he would end up on the New England Patriots, and of course, that is exactly what happened. 

Brown and the Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal, according to an ESPN report. Brown has since tweeted out an image of himself wearing a Patriots jersey, confirming that arguably the best receiver in the NFL is joining the best quarterback in the league in Tom Brady. 

Although they play in the AFC, this move is likely to get the attention of the Eagles’ front office, players and coaches in the NovaCare Complex. 

To start, the Eagles play the Patriots in Philadelphia this season. Now, the defense will potentially have to deal with Brown during their Week 11 matchup, a less than ideal development for a team that already has questions in the secondary. Brown joining the Patriots makes the regular-season Super Bowl LII rematch that much more interesting. 

The ramifications, of course, go beyond the regular season. 

The Eagles are viewed by many as one of only a handful of teams with a realistic shot at winning the Super Bowl. If they do indeed navigate their way through the NFC and make it to the Super Bowl in Miami they could now potentially face a Patriots (again) offense that has Brown. In an ideal world for the Eagles, Brown would have just stayed on the Raiders or gone to a team that didn’t have a realistic shot at the Super Bowl. Now, if the Eagles make it, chances are they will be tasked with covering Brown. 

Obviously, that is looking far in advance. The Eagles have to worry about Week 1, making the playoffs and then winning once they get there first. They have also shown they can beat the Patriots in the big game (at least with Nick Foles at quarterback). 

Still, the crazy saga that took place over the last week ended up having a less-than-ideal finale for the Eagles. 

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