In a move sure to send shockwaves through the entire NFL, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached an agreement with veteran wide receiver Antonio Brown on a one-year deal, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Brown is currently suspended by the NFL for multiple violations of the league’s personal-conduct policy. His suspension will conclude after Week 8, at which point he will be allowed to join the team.

Brown played in just one game last season for the New England Patriots, after an offseason littered with personal and legal mistakes. After the Las Vegas Raiders traded third and fifth round picks for Brown in March of 2019, the team cut the veteran wide receiver in early September after repeated incidents on and off the practice field.

Brown was quickly snapped up by the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, despite allegations of sexual and personal misconduct hanging over him. Brown lasted one game in New England, after allegations of intimidating text messages sent to one of his accusers were made public. The Patriots released him following Week 1.

Brown caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in his lone game of the 2019 season. In 2018 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns. Brown’s 11,263 career receiving yards are good enough for 36th all-time.

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Pit of misery
7 months ago

🤪🤪🤪

Spitfire
7 months ago

Wow, again, time and a lot of talent creates a whole lot of amnesia. No use is arguing against it, it’s done. All we can do is hope that his time away has led to him being willing to put his head down and play and that our locker room can put their arm around him and keep everything good and also that the contract is arranged so that the second any drama pops up they can give hi his walking papers. If we don’t hear a word and he puts up 800 yards and 10 TDs in 8 weeks… Read more »

BucWonder
Reply to  Spitfire
7 months ago

Great take. Couldn’t agree more. Here’s hoping his knucklehead days are behind him.

Go Bucs!

danielob
7 months ago

A great asset to us if , IF, he can control himself. Big IF. Antonio, this is your big chance, control yourself, stay off social media and just play. Welcome aboard, hope you can be hoisting the Lambardi trophy at the end of the season. As I learned in the martial arts, your most dangerous opponent is always yourself.

Alan Collingwood
7 months ago

I have a bad feeling about this…

MichaelN
Reply to  Alan Collingwood
7 months ago

It’s the “Death” “Star”.

WeAretheChamps2002+2021
Reply to  Alan Collingwood
7 months ago

That’s no moon. It’s a space station.

MrFootball
Reply to  Alan Collingwood
7 months ago

Think how the Saints feel. They have to defend him.

PissedOffBuc1988
7 months ago

I am not excited about this at all. But I will say this; Brady and brown seem to have a legitimate relationship. Brady likes brown and this is not the first headcase wr Tom has dealt with. Antonio imo is on another level of headcase, but still none the less, this isn’t uncharted waters for Brady. Were in a win now mode. Obvious. And we have Brady for this year and next. He’s won 6 rings and has earned the right to dictate our team because quite honestly we have sucked outside of the years 1997-2008. If Brady wants brown,… Read more »

rocky
7 months ago

I had a bad feeling and didnt like it until I had to forcibly remember the fact that this is a different team than ive been used to most of my life. If Tom Brady and Arians both signed off on this and can see that he is engaged, wanting to play and can help us win a champtionship without all the headaches then hell yeah. Let go.

PatrioticChief
7 months ago

Called that from a thousand miles away. Knew he would sign as soon the news dropped he was heading to Tampa. Consider 1) The Chiefs won a SB largely due to a guy convicted of beating and strangling his pregnant girlfriend and was accused that same year of beating his kid 2) Brady targeted a broken down Gronk more than two all pro receivers last week 3) The Bucs signed him to a peanuts contract that only costs if he performs 4) one player isn’t gonna come close to damaging the locker room if it doesn’t work out The Bucs… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by PatrioticChief
MrFootball
Reply to  PatrioticChief
7 months ago

Bucs have Zero all-pro receivers this year. None is up to that level yet. Evans his always hurt and dropping passes, Godwin has been hurt and no one else is at that level. AB would be a good addition, plus he has been to the SB!

Spitfire
7 months ago

The assault charges can’t be explained away, but if anyone remembers, AB wanted to be traded from the Steelers to the Patriots but the Steelers said there was no way. So his drama at the Raiders was suspected to be on purpose to get him released so he could go to the Patriots who had to release him due to the charges. The the extra drama may not be there since he is with Brady which is where he wanted to be. So who knows, nothin to do now but keep our fingers crossed and hope we continue to improve…

Timbuc2
7 months ago

In my opinion if we didn’t sign Brown, he would have either went to Seattle or the Saints. Would we really want him going to the Saints? Only so they can win the division again? Why is it ok for other top teams to keep amassing talent while we sit back and analyze all day why we are afraid to have a “bad locker room?” I am sorry but I consider us to be a top level team, the way that we are playing now. Evans and Godwin are nowhere near 100% and what if they “never” truly get back… Read more »

Timbuc2
Reply to  Timbuc2
7 months ago

Should be swinging for the fences, sorry!

Jiveturkey
7 months ago

Hate this signing, don’t care how talented he used to be. Shame on you Licht for soiling the team culture.

MrFootball
Reply to  Jiveturkey
7 months ago

We are hiring football players not priests. MN tried that and look what they are doing.

jcscycles
7 months ago

I’m with you Timbuc2. Fortune favors the bold.

Art Penn
7 months ago

AB is hungry to play and the great folks he will be surrounded with in this locker room will help him stay to the straight and narrow. He was going to sign with Seattle if the Bucs said no, for sure. Even if he has a lot of bench time like Fournette, better he is signed with us than Seattle or the Taints or God forbid the Chiefs.

pinkstob
7 months ago

This is great news! If Brown has been staying in shape and remains healthy he could be just the piece we need to beat the Saints, win the division and a spot in the playoffs. Go Bucs!!

RW
RW
7 months ago

the Bucs ain’t stupid. Brown was with Bruce Arians for 2 years in Pittsburgh and he was with Brady last year. I think he has a great respect for Brady because they were both 6th round draft picks who defied the odds to be great players. They both play with a chip of the shoulder and I think understand each other. Because of that I think he falls into line in Tampa due to Brady’s influence.

Spitfire
Reply to  RW
7 months ago

Pretty sure there was no drama in New England, they just had to let him go due to the charges and impending suspension. He respects Brady, I doubt Brady will let him spin out. We have a real chance at doing something special this season, I would hope he would want to fit in and be a part of it and hitch a ride.

76bucsfan46
7 months ago

If his head is strait he is unstoppable.

THE Pewter Pirate
7 months ago

The Bucs have no right to discuss being champions of gender equality after signing AB. Apparently time heals all wounds and wipes all memory…..hell, even Michael Vick is working again for ESPN. The best logic I can find to take the risk of killing the locker room cohesion is that by signing AB, we benefit from his skill and take him off the market for our NFC competitors. In that respect, its a fantastic move, but still a risky one. Not that my opinion will matter to anyone, but I’m a Jason Licht fan, he really has been a good… Read more »

MrFootball
Reply to  THE Pewter Pirate
7 months ago

Gender equality? You do know he is a football player right? Not some wimpy woman’s rights activist.

Its a good move to make the team better!

THE Pewter Pirate
Reply to  MrFootball
7 months ago

You may not believe this, but I didn’t have you pegged as some “wimpy woman’s rights activist” either. I do however believe that integrity is still something to be valued….I’m guessing that we don’t see eye to eye on that one either. Based on how the team was coming together, I simply don’t see the risk being worth the reward…..but hey, this was always going to happen, Tom Brady brought this guy in. I give Brady some credit for trying to help him, now it’s all up to AB to behave and produce. Fingers crossed for him, I sincerely hope… Read more »

Dman
7 months ago

Not a fan.

Dman
7 months ago

So did Brady really come here for all the weapons we have or for the GM that would sign the weapons he wanted.

Spitfire
Reply to  Dman
7 months ago

Why can’t it be both?

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Dman
7 months ago

Evans and Godwin are both battling injuries. You’re seeing all the contenders make moves to add depth to their teams. Tampa is doing the same. We don’t have Brady this move doesn’t happen, but we do so it is.

THE Pewter Pirate
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
7 months ago

You hit the nail on the head. I disagree with signing AB…..as a person, but as a player, he is unquestionably good, and at a big value. All the signings from the GM have been as a preemptive strike against COVID and injuries, great moves to stay ahead of the curve, just kills me to get someone that has the potential to be such a cancer in the locker room. In all fairness, perhaps he’s changed, but I won’t put money on it…..I can only trust the team leadership and assume that they have done a MASSIVE risk assessment on… Read more »

drdneast
7 months ago

Just what we need, another WR. Geeeeeesh.
We are aready loaded at the position.
We have four solid WR’s with varying skill sets and Tyler Johnson is developing nicely.
Would much rather have seen the money go to someone on the defensive side of the ball.

MrFootball
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

4 wr? Evans and Godwin are ligit. Evans has consistency problems, and Godwin is injured. Johnson is a project we need quality depth.

BigSombrero
7 months ago

Great move!

How many draft picks can the Bucs get for Evans?

PatrioticChief
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

The people downvoting this either hate you because you have lots of bad takes or they completely missed the biting sarcasm lol.

Dave
Reply to  PatrioticChief
7 months ago

I’m going out on a limb to say it’s the former

BigSombrero
Reply to  Dave
7 months ago

I’m sure Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are really excited to work with and learn from Antonio Brown. Many consider Antonio to be the best WR in the game, especially Antonio.

MrFootball
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

I like the way you think!!!

artpac
7 months ago

Disappointed.

Crack3rK
7 months ago

Throwing up in my mouth now🤮. Horrible move!

twspin
7 months ago

Is there no shame in our game? We sign an egomaniac who has been hit in the head once to often. He will not be good for the chemistry of this team. Nobody reels in this idiot. Not even Brady. Now sit back and watch the..Me show develop.

Naplesfan
Reply to  twspin
7 months ago

Apparently the team, including Tom Brady, disagrees with you.

WeAretheChamps2002+2021
7 months ago

Cyril Grayson you are the weakest link. Goodbye

bucballer
7 months ago

I think it’s a great move in terms of talent. We r not building a church choir. Character does matter. And we have enough character guys to keep him in line. He probably came here because of his relationship with Brady. But don’t get it twisted he wants to win the SuperBowl as well. Yes it’s a low risk high reward signing. Attitude and actions tied to his money and ability to play in the NFL again. The real question is who do u double up and who gets man to man…it’s potentially a lethal and deadly offense. I’ll get… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by bucballer
scubog
7 months ago

Let’s hope AB is a bit humbled and perhaps regretful of his behavior since departing the Steelers. If not, nothing lost…….he’ll be released and his career will be over. I’m guessing he knows that.

BucRy
7 months ago

I get how some people are skeptical about this signing but the minute he acts up the bucs can cut him with ease. Worth a shot with our receivers being banged up.

76bucsfan46
7 months ago

I’m curious to see if our offensive coordinator can handle having this much talent on the field at one time. We are obviously going back to 3 WR sets with Gronk as TE .

EastEndBoy
7 months ago

How do we go from: Arians says he wants no part of Brown, Evans is our #1 WR, Godwin is the next coming of Fitzgerald and we have the best TE room in the league, to Licht signs AB? Is AB expecting to be a backup? Is he going to be quiet getting 2 passes per game? Is that going to be Evans instead?

It never ceases to amaze me how Licht just doesn’t understand where the weaknesses are on this team. Hint – it was not at WR.

BigSombrero
Reply to  EastEndBoy
7 months ago

If you’re Evans, are you happy about this signing?

If you’re AB, are you ok with Mike catching 2 balls and making 10x more money?

If you’re Godwin, are you staying next year?

If you’re a reporter, are you chomping at the bit to ask TB, AB and BA tough questions for ratings reactions?

surferdudes
7 months ago

Can’t help but remember Evans, and Godwin were lost for the last two games of the season. Godwin has missed time this season. Godwin, and Mike are still not 100%. Miller, and Watson are hurting. I think that’s a big reason for this signing.

matador
7 months ago

On the one hand the Athletic article pointing out defenses won’t be able to double any of our WRs in a 3 receiver set, with TB at QB, is tantalizing. On the other hand is the Raiders’ Brown experience – with Trent Brown who is also one of the best at his position (RT) but like AB is a low character, it’s all about me personality – which has seen him be unreliable and is now causing a COVID 19 problem that could cost them a game. That is an important point – we are not just getting AB and… Read more »

Bradenton BucFan
7 months ago

We just beat the cheese snot out of the cheese head lead Rogers & company. For 3 Quarters we would have beat the 85 Bears. We don’t need him. We need to play like we did last Sunday consistently. If he becomes unhappy will he find his way out & end up elsewhere anyway. over/under on games he plays with the Bucs? Ante up Brady

MrFootball
7 months ago

It is good to upgrade the receiving corp. It is frustrating when Evans drops critical 3rd down balls that he should have. This will push everyone. Bucs are all in this year. Enjoy it everyone!