The Baltimore Ravens signed former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown to a one-year deal on Tuesday, one day short of the free agent date. His one year deal is worth $5 million dollars with an additional $1.5 million in incentives. No, he is not a big-named wide out. I can almost hear fans yell out, “Who is this guy?” The Cardinals decided to let him go in free agency due to toe injuries.
The team has not had a lot of luck with drafting wide receivers in the past and have since decided this season to take a different approach. They viewed a receivers’ past record of accomplishments. This season, they have made choices based on potential, what they see in a player. Here is a YouTube video showing his skills:
Brown, 27, who is considered a speedy, vertical threat was a former Arizona Cardinals who was signed in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft. He broke out in 2015 with 65 receptions for 1,003 yards (Fitzgerald had 1,215 receiving yards) and seven touchdowns. Brown slipped down in 2016 and 2017 while Fitzgerald continued to shine with 1,000 yard seasons. Brown had career low receptions and receiving yards in 2017 with 21 receptions for 299 yards, playing only 10 games.
Brown is a versatile receiver, playing both left and right wide receiver positions as well as in the slot while with the Cardinals. His stats dropped the last two seasons due to hamstring injuries in 2016 and toe, quad and back injuries in 2017. Yes, Ozzie signed another injury-prone player, but one with potential and proven talent.