So says ClutchPoints.com:
The 2018 Eagles were not the same dominating team they were in 2017. Their lack of explosiveness could very well be the reason for Sunday’s early postseason exit against the Saints. That’s why acquiring Antonio Brown should be a necessity this offseason for De facto GM Howie Roseman.
Brown is no Golden Tate, who Roseman acquired from the Detroit Lines as a mid-season addition. Tate, a former Pro Bowl wide receiver, caught two passes on Sunday, and they very likely will be the last receptions he makes as an Eagle. He, along with receivers Mike Wallace and Jordy Matthews, will file as free agents. With several veteran wide receivers exiting Philly, there’s a clear need to add a new set of pass catchers.
One could make an argument that there is a risk with adding Brown who may have had a down year in 2018. Even though Brown was not at his best, he still made the Pro Bowl. There’s no question that AB should still be recognized as one of the premier talents in the league by everyone. It’s true that in terms of efficiency, Brown took a step back in 2018. According to Football Outsiders, he ranked 41st in DVOA among wide receivers. Unsurprisingly, he still ranked first in the NFL in receiving touchdowns with 15 total.
As for Eagles receivers in 2018, they really struggled in terms of efficiency. Tate failed to make a major impact after being acquired and ranked 81st in DVOA. Mike Wallace barely played this year because he, unfortunately, broke his fibula during Week 2. Nelson Agholor did not nearly return to his 2017 form as he ranked 77th in DVOA. Among receivers who caught between 10 and 49 passes, Matthews ranked 28th in DVOA. Despite all of the negatives, on the bright side, Alshon Jeffery returned to his old form and ranked 13th in DVOA.
If the Eagles want a lethal offensive trio, look no further. Adding Antonio Brown to an offensive unit that already has tight end Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery could be dynamite. Quarterback Carson Wentz (or Nick Foles) would lick their chops at the possibilities this offseason if the Eagles were to acquire AB. Sidenote: it’s likely Foles could be traded for a big return this offseason.
Another reason why the Eagles should acquire Brown is that they aren’t losing a ton of impacting talent. Many of their soon to be free agents are either injury prone or set to retire. Roseman will obviously be busy replenishing the roster, but acquiring a star like Brown could make it more compelling for prospective players to sign for cheap. It’s important to note though that Philly will have their hands full with attempting to retain Super Bowl hero defensive end Brandon Graham.