The Bucs have re-signed nearly every key contributor to their 2020 Super Bowl Championship team this offseason, including WR Chris Godwin (franchise tag), LB Lavonte David, OLB Shaq Barrett, TE Rob Gronkowski, DT Ndamukong Suh, RB Leonard Fournette and K Ryan Succop. The only key piece that remains unsigned is troubling WR Antonio Brown, who Bucs head coach Bruce Arians spoke about in an interview with 95.3 WDAE on Friday morning.

When asked by morning show host Ronnie Lane what the chances are of having Brown back in the fold for the 2021 season, Arians had this to say:

“I think [the chances] are ok,” Arians said. “Both sides have to meet sooner or later in the middle. But we’ve got offers out there, and we’re just waiting to see.”

Brown joined the team at midseason, playing his first game as a Buccaneer in Week 9. The veteran receiver finished the year with 45 catches for 483 yards and four touchdowns, with all four scores coming over the final three weeks of the regular season. Brown then scored in the first game of the playoffs against Washington, before an injury knocked him out for the majority of the next two playoff games. Brown returned for the Super Bowl to catch five passes for 22 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs.

On Thursday, NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo reported that Brown’s asking price was too high for the Bucs, which is the main reason that he remains unsigned at this point. Brown earned about $2 million after reaching incentives last season in Tampa Bay.

Brown might want to hold out for a better offer, but with his next court date to address sexual assault and rape accusations scheduled for December 2021, it is highly unlikely he’s going to get more than what is on the table from teams right now. If Brown remains unsigned when the NFL Draft rolls around, he may as well wait until training camp to sign anywhere.

Then again, Brown also runs the risk of offers being off the table entirely by the time training camp rolls around, as teams will feel as if they’re ready to roll into the season with their guys. If Brown is smart, he’d take the best offer on the table right now, before his luck runs out completely.

Listen to Arians’ full interview with WDAE right here.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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drdneast
2 months ago

Career advice to Brown. A known bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

NaplesFan2.0
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

100%. There might not be another offer when the deep class of receivers are drafted.

FLBoy84
Reply to  NaplesFan2.0
2 months ago

Was just going to post the same.

Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

Or, there could be multiple offers from other teams on the table that Brown is weighing against the Bucs offer. You don’t know – none of us know, and likely only Brown and his agent and the other teams know.

eaustinyoung
2 months ago

Brown needs to be in a locker room where he isn’t the star. That’s the secret. He was by far the biggest name in Pittsburgh and the Raiders. That goes to his head and makes him a liability. You know who he doesn’t outshine? Brady. Brady commands respect from all players and personnel across the league. You won’t ever outshine Brady or control the locker room more than Brady. I firmly believe this dynamic is what makes AB an asset in Tampa, but a liability elsewhere.

drdneast
Reply to  eaustinyoung
2 months ago

Good take.

cobraboy
Reply to  eaustinyoung
2 months ago

Excellent perspective.

eaustinyoung
2 months ago

Not to mention, a productive 8 weeks and a catch in the Super Bowl doesn’t erase the damage he’s done to his legacy. If Brown was smart – which has been proven he is NOT smart at making his own career choices – he would take a reasonable deal in Tampa in 2021. Get one solid, healthy, sane season under his belt along with his Super Bowl ring, and you’ll see plenty of teams throw money at him when (if) the cap returns to normal in 2022. It’s a no-brainer.

Horse
Reply to  eaustinyoung
2 months ago

eaustinyoung; not so sure about much of a 1 or 2 year career left in the tank for probably what he is worth. I agree he created his issues and is now paying for it. I would be looking for a one year deal if I was the Bucs with guaranteed salary and additional incentive with the option to for another year of the same.

eaustinyoung
Reply to  Horse
2 months ago

If he got 60 receptions and 800 yards and 8 TDs with a full season of no injuries or shenanigans, I think plenty of teams would throw $7M-$9M at him next year for a 1-year deal.

Naplesfan
Reply to  eaustinyoung
2 months ago

Teams don’t sign legacies to contracts, and legacies don’t pay the bills for players. This comes down to a negotiation that remains underway, with no time pressure on either party. I rather imagine that the biggest influence on whether Brown and the Bucs come together on a contract offer is Tom Brady, who has had a huge influence on free agent signings over the last year, including the signing of Brown last fall when nobody else seemed to want him. Brady did want him, and got him. The guy literally moved in with Brady. Fans are infamously impatient but there… Read more »

NaplesFan2.0
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 months ago

See Naples, right there you’re wrong by assuming there’s no time and pressure on either party. The NFL draft will be here in a few weeks. Every single team that has a need for WR (which the Bucs do not), will be on the lookout to draft their own Justin Jefferson. With options like Chase, Smith, Toney, Rondale Moore and Elijah Moore to name a few, how can you think Brown has any bargaining position at all? He absolutely can put a value on his own worth, but a history of legal troubles and team destroying behavior will drive his… Read more »

jongruden
2 months ago

He’s basically our 3rd wr and honestly I don’t care if he comes back it’s Miller time anyway and we have a young Tyler Johnson who will fill in fine as well, Brown is a luxury that doesn’t make or break us this yr.

Dman
Reply to  jongruden
2 months ago

Yes.

Spitfire
2 months ago

Obviously people have the absolute right to be as greedy as they wanna be. My opinion is just that he would best serve himself to come back on another one year deal for what the Bucs are offering him, show he can keep his odd s**t together for an entire season and have no issues while putting up the best numbers he can, get through his legal troubles, try to win another Super Bowl, and then he would be in the best position to try and sign a multi-year deal somewhere for decent money. In the end he will do… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  Spitfire
2 months ago

Stop talking about greed. Everybody, including you, wants to get paid fairly according to market rates. It’s not “greed”. Every NFL player has a limited career – they’re not like physicians or lawyers or engineers or airline pilots who all expect lifetime careers. The average NFL player only stays employed in the league less than four years. A decade is way above average NFL career length. Once a player’s career is over, that’s it – there is no follow-on source of income unless they are a top tier star able to snag a gig on the networks doing play by… Read more »

Runole
2 months ago

Given his history before the Bucs and current pending legal issues you have to ask the question who other than the Bucs would really be interested? His current stance still paints his previous history. Not a position of strength. Reality! It is the Bucs or bust. IMO
Sure he wants the best deal possible but he is playing with fire on his career if he continues to hesitate signing. The Bucs won’t tolerate him being a distraction nor will the fans. Time to sign a deal Brown!! the clock is ticking

Naplesfan
Reply to  Runole
2 months ago

He doesn’t have any “legal troubles” – he was sued in civil court, he is not charged by any law enforcement authority with any crimes. The civil trial for his case has been postponed until at least December, but very few civil lawsuits ever go to trial – virtually all of them are settled out of court, often multiple years after they’re filed. Settlements always involve gag orders, meaning nobody in the pubic or in the NFL learns anything of the facts of the matter after the settlement is filed with the court. There is at least a 99% chance… Read more »

martinii
2 months ago

I agree with all of the above comments. Topic involving Brown is more of an annoyance except for one detail. When he is on the field he is dangerous. Regardless of all his off field issues, you got to cover this guy. His speed spreads the field and a rookie or lightweight won’t get the job done. Plus Brady likes him.

Pick6
2 months ago

amazing. he was all but guaranteed 50 million over 3 seasons when traded to the raiders and he pissed that certainty away. instead he’s made less than 8 games’ worth of that raiders deal in 2 years and might get another 4 weeks’ worth at best from someone in 2021…it would be even worse if the Pats hadn’t guaranteed him $5 million to ultimately play one game, twice as much as the bucs and raiders have paid him combined….he must be desperate for someone to be desperate for him, this isn’t the year it’ll happen

Last edited 2 months ago by Pick6
Jay
Jay
2 months ago

This is a league of Attrition were staying healthy is of MOST IMPORTANTS. What all of you say is that the team doesn’t need Brown. But the fact is that both Evans and Godwin both missed games last season because of injuries. I understand that the team shouldn’t give Brown big money but the team does need him. If Evans or Godwin goes down for any length of time it would be best to have a player like Brown on hand a player that already has chemistry with Brady. Remember the Boy scout saying( It’s better to have it and… Read more »

Dave
Reply to  Jay
2 months ago

False. Mike Evans did NOT miss games in 2020. In fact he was a perfect 20/20. And Godwin missed only 4 out 20 games. So out of a possibly 40 games combined between the 2, they played 36/40. I’d call that a VERY reliable duo. And AB’s direct competition(who also happened to show the most chemistry with Brady through the first half of the season), S.Miller, was also a perfect 20/20. For all the reasons to resign AB, injuries hasn’t been proven to be one of them

Last edited 2 months ago by Dave
MIArmysoldier
2 months ago

Offer Adam Humphrey (if he’s still available) the same deal, who ever signs first we roll Whit, the other can stay on the couch.

fredster
2 months ago

Like I said on the other AB thread let him walk if he doesn’t want it. Nobody is offering more and they won’t with his history and charges pending. He’s a lunatic and we were lucky he didn’t do anything crazy in his half season here. Count ourselves lucky we got great production for 2 million. If he doesn’t like the Bucs offer they feel comfortable with knowing all risks inherent to signing him again, then see ya AB.

Naplesfan
Reply to  fredster
2 months ago

You have no freaking idea of whether any other team is offering him more. It could very easily be that one or more teams have offered him more than the Bucs are offering, and he could be weighing those offers and negotiating in kind with the Bucs to try and sweeten the deal.
Unless, of course, you are actually Brown’s agent. Are you?

Dman
2 months ago

Please just let him move on.