Jon Becker: Antonio Brown open to Raiders return after talking with Jon Gruden
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Jon Becker: Antonio Brown open to Raiders return after talking with Jon Gruden

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Antonio Brown is talking about a possible return to the Raiders? Somebody say it ain't so. Anybody.

But sure enough, our favorite dysfunctional wide receiver said he spoke with Raiders coach Jon Gruden on Wednesday.

"I just talked to Jon Gruden today, might I say," Brown said on Complex's "Load Management" podcast. "I don't know how it's going to go, but who knows? If they want to bring it back, we'll think about."

Or maybe the Raiders will think better of it and just keep running off to Vegas?

It shouldn't take too much thought for the Raiders to realize watching Tyrell Williams struggle as their lead receiver wasn't so bad considering what the alternative with Brown - who didn't even play a game with them! - would have brought.

By any measure, Brown's brief, tumultuous tenure with the Raiders was an unmitigated disaster. From the helmet drama with his head to his frost-bitten toes, Brown was only a dream for HBO's "Hard Knocks" show while a Raider.

Let's just say his feet weren't the only things Brown burned while with Oakland - all those bridges he reduced to rubble ought to keep him a safe distance away from the Silver & Black.

Still, we are reminded by Brown he could be just a phone call away, especially if another unlikely event transpires. There's a slight chance Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could opt to leave the Patriots via free agency, and if he did, there have been reports the Raiders would be among the teams to pursue him.

Brown was asked on the podcast what kind of advice he would give Brady about the Raiders.

"I couldn't tell him, just call Coach Gruden," Brown said. "Brady's OG, man. He don't need it. I know he's going to do what's right for him and his family. Wherever Tom go, I think I want to go ... 2020 Tom/AB. Twenty touchdowns, maybe 25."

That would be a whole lot more productive than his 2019 season, for sure.

Brown signed with the Patriots after being cut by the Raiders and played two games with New England. That's because he was let go in the aftermath of sexual assault claims by his former trainer Britney Taylor. He's had a myriad of off-field issues since then, including an incident in Florida last month when he allegedly attacked a moving truck driver.

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