Braylon Edwards: Raiders Made Right Call Not Suspending Antonio Brown

LISTEN: Former NFL WR Breaks Down AB Situation

Zach Gelb
September 07, 2019 - 6:00 am
Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets against the Carolina Panthers at Giants Stadium on November 29, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Until Saturday morning, it didn't look like Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown was going to miss the team's opening game against the Denver Broncos. 

The team decided not to suspend the star wide receiver after he reportedly clashed with general manager Mike Mayock during a practice. While reports surfaced that Brown was potentially facing a team-issued suspension, the Raiders chose to fine Brown on Friday instead of handing out the harsh punishment. Oakland's choice to merely fine Brown was met with mixed emotions. 

Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Braylon Edwards believed Oakland made the right call not suspending Brown. Edwards shared his opinion about the Raiders' latest development on The Zach Gelb show. 

"I think they'll be able to rectify this," Edwards said. "You've got a first-time GM in [Mike] Mayock and a guy in AB. They're both trying to assert that alpha dominance. I think they both were in the wrong. AB was probably more in the wrong, but they're going to get on the right page.

"AB just needs football. I think that's the big thing is that AB has been out of football for a long time. You look at the last game of the season last year, he didn't play so now it's everybody's beating up on AB. With him, he needs football and Monday he'll get it in. Everybody will start to be quiet because I think he's going to go on a tear this year."

Edwards spent nine seasons in the NFL, playing for the Jets, Browns, 49ers and Seahawks. He's seen just about everything there is to see around the league. Brown and Mayock's confrontation wasn't anything different. The former Michigan standout says it's "easy to curve a story" when you feel "a type of way about an individual" and that blame shouldn't fall on one person's shoulders.

"None of us were there," Edwards said. "I've seen this happen so I know how these things can get. A lot of times, GMs put themselves in a situation where you shouldn't have even been there to ignite the fire for no reason. Pull AB into a meeting A.S.A.P. once you find out what he's saying. Just pull him into a meeting and nip it in the butt versus allowing it to fester. I wouldn't have allowed him on the practice field without talking to him."

On Saturday, the Raiders fined Brown thus voiding the guarenteed money from his contract. He's since posted on social media, requsting the team to release him from his contract. It's the latest turn in a dramatic, and hectic offseason in Oakland.

Brown spent the last nine seasons with the Steelers before being traded to Oakland earlier this year. Fans were left waiting to see Brown make his Raiders debut. He didn't play in any of the team's four preseason games. If Brown were to remain in Oakland, Edwards doesn't see communication being an issue between Brown and quarterback Derek Carr. 

"Derek is a young player. He's a young quarterback. He hasn't arrived yet. He's arrived money-wise, but he hasn't arrived yet," Edwards said. "So he's going to latch onto a guy like AB and I think he's going to go where AB goes. He's going to allow AB to - indirectly under the tide - steer the ship. You want to be successful. He's not a guy that's been to a Super Bowl, won a Super Bowl, made seven Pro Bowls. You know, been that guy. He's looking to latch onto a guy and I think that guy can be AB. And it will be a match made in heaven."

Click to listen to Edwards' interview in its entirety below.