Bruce Arians gave an update and the answer to the question on the Pewter Report Podcast on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Arians, it’s just a matter of Brown passing his physical before he gets into the facility again. They’ll find out more next week after Brown get his knee scoped.
“He has to pass the physical,” Arians said. “Hopefully we’ll have a scope on Tuesday, he’s getting his knee cleaned out, and everything will work out fine. It’s just a matter of a physical.”
Brown was a solid contributor with the Bucs after signing half way though the season. He played in eight games, recording 45 catches for 483 yards and four touchdowns. In the postseason he missed most of the divisional round and all of the NFC Championship game due to a knee injury, but when healthy in the wild card and Super Bowl LV, he caught a touchdown in each game.
Brown was a formidable asset for the Bucs. But it was not known at first if the Bucs would like him back due to the talent they have at receiver. Others around the league weren’t sure either if 11 games were enough for Brown to shake his reputation because of his checkered past.
Arians confirmed that the Bucs did indeed want him to return.
“We wanted AB back,” Arians said. “He was a model citizen the whole time he’s been here. We wanted him back and he’s never had surgery in his life. It’s just a matter of physical done. I wanted him back the whole time.”
There’s little question that the Bucs have the deepest and most talented wide receivers room in the league. Between Brown, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Scotty Miller and now adding Jaelon Darden into the mix – that’s a potential headache for any defense.
Is this the best group that Arians has coached? You bet. It also makes for a great battle for that last receiver spot on the roster.
“Yeah this is pretty special,” Arians said. “Just to get dressed on Sunday, you better be a hell of a special teams player, too. That sixth spot, man, there’s going to be some great competition.”
You can watch and listen to the entire episode of the Pewter Report Podcast below