With the controversial but otherwordly talented wide receiver coming off suspension, rumors swirled that he might sign with the Seattle Seahawks. Russell Wilson even said he thinks AB is remorseful and learned his lesson.
If the HAwks did want him, they moved too slow and got sideswiped by Tom Brady, Bruce Arians and the Bucs.
It was reported about an hour ago that Brown and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached an agreement on a one-year deal, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday. According to ESPN, while contract language still has to be finalized and Brown has to pass COVID-19 protocols before he can join the team, Brown is likely to make his Bucs debut in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 8.
What a come up for the Bucs and Antonio Brown, who reunited with Tom Brady after a brief stint there in 2019. Brown had four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown in a 43-0 win over the Miami Dolphins in he and Brady’s only game together. Brown was released later in the week. after sexual allegations surfaced concerning an ex-personal trainer.
In July, the NFL announced it had suspended Brown for eight games without pay because of multiple violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Brown is eligible to come off his suspension after Week 8.
He also pleaded no contest in June to a felony burglary with battery charge and two lesser misdemeanor charges related to a January incident with a moving truck company outside his home in Hollywood, Florida. The NFL said in July that Brown was directed to continue counseling and treatment. The league also said that any further violations probably would result in harsher discipline.
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Antonio Brown’s timeline of teams, legal problems, burning bridges, and erratic behavior is extensive and well documented since departing from the Pittsburgh Steelers in a hail of contract demands, nasty verbal exchanges with the franchise and former teammates.
Despite his problems, Brady was pushing very hard for the Bucs to sign Brown, a dangerous weapon when on the field. With wide receivers Chris Goodwin and Michael Evans both banged up, Brown’s arrival comes at the perfect time.
Of course, there are some media heads who don’t like Tampa allowing Brown back into the league.
I’m disappointed on so many levels about the NEWS of AB84 signing with the @Buccaneers @NFL He’s shown his true colors on multiple occasions & That’s one despicable Human. I will now be rooting AGAINST The BUCS Every week he is on their roster #KeepItReal #Trash
— Shaun O'Hara (@ShaunOHara60) October 24, 2020
But honestly, we have enough blackballed All-Pro players sitting on the sidelines for things that have nothing to do with their ability to perform. See Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid.
The Antonio Brown saga makes its way to Tampa Bay. Lord knows how this situation will end up.