Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is rumored to have played a role in the team adding troubled, yet talented wide receiver Antonio Brown to the roster on Friday night. Brady played with Brown in New England for just one game last year and saw the seven-time Pro Bowler catch four passes for 56 yards and one touchdown in a victory over Miami.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians denied that Brady was leading the charge to sign Brown, and that it is something general manager Jason Licht actually decided to do after seeing Tampa Bay’s offense struggle in a 20-19 loss at Chicago without Chris Godwin and with a hobbling Mike Evans and Scotty Miller.

Bucs WR Antonio Brown and QB Tom Brady
Bucs WR Antonio Brown and QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

Brady was asked about the addition of Brown to a crowded receiver room in Tampa Bay, but dodged that question on the post-game conference call following a 45-20 win at Las Vegas that improved Tampa Bay’s record to 5-2. Then he was asked about Brown’s mental state of mind and didn’t bite.

“I’m not getting into personal conversations that we’ve had together,” Brady said. So the guys we have are amazing players and teammates – Mike [Evans], Chris [Godwin], Scotty [Miller], Tyler [Johnson], who caught a touchdown today, JWatt (Justin Watson), Cyril [Grayson], Mick (Jaydon Mickens), and the tight ends, Huddy (Tanner Hudson), Gronk (Rob Gronkowski), and Cam [Brate], obviously. They’re all doing a great job. We miss O.J. out there. We have a great group, and we’re all expected to go out there every day and help the team win, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to win football games. We’re trying to do a job.”

After Brady ducked two questions about Antonio Brown, PewterReport.com’s Scott Reynolds asked him a more pointed and direct question.

“Tom, you’ve played with Antonio Brown,” Reynolds said. “How much influence did you have in him coming here and how would you describe Antonio as a player, and also as a person? He’s had some disturbing allegations against him.”

“Ah, you had a lot of questions in there,” Brady responded. “Which one would you like me to answer?”

“All of them,” Reynolds said. “If you’ll answer one, how would you describe him as a player and a person.”

“Well, he’s a tremendous football player,” Brady replied. “I played with him for a brief period of time and I’m looking forward to working with him again and seeing what kind of role he can come in and [play]. He’s a very hard-working guy. Again, we’re all going to go out there on the practice field and do the best we can do, and we’re going to see how it all fits together. There is a lot of hard work ahead. None of it magically happens. We realize that early in the season when we put a lot of new people together.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians and QB Tom Brady
Bucs HC Bruce Arians and QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“We’ve got to figure a lot of things out in a short period of time. We’re fighting against a lot of continuity from a lot of other teams and a lot of other coaches. Bruce has had tremendous patience with me, watching me grow in the offense. I totally appreciate that and respect that and I feel like I am getting to a more comfortable place. He’s been a great mentor to me in the short period of time. Byron and I are growing in our communication and that’s what it takes for a good football team to work it every day and try to be better every week. And that’s what we’re going to try to be.”

Brady has the ability to filibuster like a United States senator, and didn’t answer the part of the question about Brown, the person. But obviously he’s excited about Brown the player and is looking forward to having another elite weapon to throw the ball to.


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6 months ago

He’s not going to answer that directly, but if he didn’t want AB here, they wouldn’t have signed him. Let’s just hope AB is ok with his new helmet…..

Pete Wood
6 months ago

Bucs blow out a very good Raiders team and we have two articles about a receiver who’s been out of the game for over a year and was cut by his last two teams? Brown will be lucky to be the 4th best receiver on the Bucs and quite frankly we should be talking about our victory not someone who hasn’t played a down yet.

Reply to  Pete Wood
6 months ago

Can’t say I disagree with you, Pete.

Reply to  Pete Wood
6 months ago

Yup – it’s just the usual media-driven gossip mill, trying to generate drama where none exists nor ever needs to exist, out of a selfish unprofessional desire to generate mouse clicks.

TB-12 is absolutely right and correct to ignore that bullshit.

6 months ago

Not a fan of media trying to create drama around the AB issue by prying Tom for commentary on AB’s personal life. Tom made his position on the matter clear when Jenna asked.

Thank god Brady’s a consummate professional, I’m beyond happy he’s our QB and team leader.

6 months ago

Like most players and organizations, short of being an ax murderer, serial rapist or killer, he could give a rats ass what AB does in his spare time. As long as it doesn’t interfere with his presence on the field, it’s noneya to him. As in none ya business. I remember when we had a chance to get Richie Incognito at a time when our o Line was a mess because Incognito had just been let go by the Dolphins for bullying a fellow 325 pound lineman. We passed and Incognito came back the next year and has played well… Read more »

Reply to  drdneast
6 months ago

Could have used the ‘tude too.