By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints actually, and perhaps predictably, got more than just Antonio Brown with their decision to bring the 31-year-old free agent in for a Friday workout.
Apparently it came with a film crew and entourage, according to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
“When you bring in Antonio Brown for a workout in Week 17, you also get a camera crew and an entourage,” Garafolo reported. “That’s what Antonio Brown showed up with yesterday. That’s what I was told — referred to by a Saints source — as ‘the whole bleep show’ showed up with Antonio Brown.”
My word. It’s as cringeworthy as it is predictable.
First of all, Brown was not the only player the Saints brought in for a workout that’s being called ‘due diligence’ on the part of the Saints. In addition to Brown, the Saints brought five other players to the facility for a workout on Friday, including fellow ex-Patriot Maurice Harris, so this was hardly an entourage-worthy kind of event for AB.
But Brown’s obsession with media — social and otherwise — is nothing new. This is a player who recorded a phone conversation with then-coach Jon Gruden and then used it for an Instagram hype video, posted a celebration video upon his release from the Raiders, and has been straight-up glued to his phone and social media no matter his status. As a Raider, as a Patriot, as a free agent. It hasn’t stopped Brown’s straight-up bizarre need for social media engagement with the masses.
It’s hard to imagine that this did anything to actually help Brown land a gig with the Saints, or any other team for that matter, as the clown show is very much a real thing that appears to come to town upon simply inviting Brown to your facility.
And the Saints, for what it’s worth, have already stated that they have no plans to immediately sign Brown, who seems likely to land on the Commissioner’s Exempt List upon signing with any NFL team, ahead of the postseason.
At least the workout will come with some ‘likes’ for Brown.