Lamar Jackson has made no attempt at hiding his desire for the Baltimore Ravens to sign controversial receiver Antonio Brown. While head coach John Harbaugh would not outright endorse the idea, he also said it was something the team is open to considering.
"Hey, I respect him for feeling that way. I respect his opinion on it," said Harbaugh of Jackson's interest in Brown, via Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun. "We'll look at any players at any time."
Of course, this is a lot easier said than done in the case of Brown. First of all, it's not even clear if Brown actually wants to return to football. Earlier this month, he seemingly announced his retirement only to demand that the NFL complete its investigation of the allegations of sexual assault against him. Does that mean that Brown wants to play? Maybe, but given his recent behavior, it would not be surprising if tomorrow he was back to saying he's retired.
But even if Brown is on board, it's not entirely clear when Brown would be allowed back on the field. The NFL has not indicated how much of a suspension Brown will be facing if he returns, so teams may not be willing to add a player who then misses the entire season. Harbaugh acknowledged the complexity of the situation by saying he didn't even think Brown was "available to sign."
However, despite all of this, imagining Jackson getting a receiver like Brown is hard not to get excited about. Brown is arguably the most talented receiver in the NFL since Calvin Johnson and the idea of him teaming up with the reigning MVP could lead to one of the most dynamic quarterback-receiver combos in NFL history.