Discussing on his “Movin’ The Chains” radio show on Sirius XM, former NFL player and current analyst Jim Miller believes that controversial all-pro wide receiver Antonio Brown would best be suited on the Bucs.
While he and his co-host Pat Kirwan mentioned a number of teams as possible targets to land Brown, Miller trusts new head coach Bruce Arians and his abilities to handle the disgruntled receiver as to why.
Former Steelers OC Bruce Arians – Photo by: Getty Images
Brown recently requested for a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers after the season was over. Some of Brown’s problems included a dispute between he and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and also a report that Brown was unhappy that he did not win the team MVP, which was given to fellow wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Arians was the Steelers offensive coordinator when Brown entered the league in 2010. He coached him for his first two years, so they do have a history together.
The Bucs also have their own case of a talented star wide receiver who doesn’t want to be there anymore with DeSean Jackson. They could potentially lose Adam Humphries to free agency as well, putting receiver as a need for the Bucs, which ironically was their strongest position last season.
What Miller does not mention over his Brown to the Bucs thought is Brown’s salary. He has three years left on his current contract with a cap hit that is over $22 million next year before it changes to $18 million and $19 million over the following two seasons.
After cutting Vinny Curry, the Bucs now have roughly $16 million in cap space to spend in the off season, although the cap will increase this season. They would need to cut a lot of their own players and not be able to sign many other free agents to even entertain this idea.
The Bucs were the top rated passing team last season without Brown. While they need to replace Jackson, and Brown is a one of a kind talent, general manager Jason Licht has a couple of other players in house that he needs to decide on whether to keep – such as Humphries, Donovan Smith, and Kwon Alexander – before he can start to consider a Brown and Arians reunion.